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Periodontal Therapy – Naples

Protect Your Smile & Much More

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“Periodontal disease” is not a term many people are familiar with, but it’s actually the most common dental problem in the entire world. Better known as gum disease, this oral infection is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S., plus it has also been shown to increase a person’s risk for other systemic illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease, and even dementia! At Island Coast Dentistry, gum disease is a serious matter, and we have the treatments needed to take care of it as soon as we spot any signs in a patient.

Why Choose Island Coast Dentistry for Periodontal Therapy?

  • Reason: Gums Screened at Every Visit
  • Reason: Targeted Treatments Available
  • Reason: Prevent Tooth Loss

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What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums, roots of the teeth, and the surrounding bone that is brought on by a buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria below the gum line. It can be caused by a number of factors, including a lack of oral hygiene, genetics, and it can also be a side effect of many medications.

While most of the adult population currently has a mild form of gum disease, many do not know it because the early symptoms are very subtle and easy to miss. They include things like red, swollen, or tender gums that bleed often during cleaning.

Left untreated, the symptoms can start to become much more serious, including loose teeth, painful bacteria pockets along the gum line, and as we touched on above, tooth loss.

Many studies have also linked gum disease to other systemic illnesses because oral bacteria can easily enter the bloodstream and affect the internal organs, causing an inflammatory response that can lead to a wide range of problems.

How Do We Treat Gum Disease?

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As with any dental issue, our main goal is to prevent it from developing in the first place, which we do by providing regular cleanings as well as educating patients on how to take care of their teeth and gums at home. We also examine the gums as part of every regular checkup, and if we see any signs of infection, we’ll quickly work to address them.

For early-stage gum disease, more diligent homecare and perhaps an extra dental cleaning or two is usually all that is needed to control it. It’s especially important that patients floss every day as well as brush where their gums meet their teeth.

In cases of advanced gum disease, we’ll need to implement more involved treatments, such as scaling and root planing (more on this below), antibiotic therapy, and even laser treatment to lessen symptoms and stop the spread of bacteria. For the most extreme situations, surgical intervention may be necessary, so Dr. Skupny will refer a patient to one of his trusted specialists.

Scaling & Root Planing

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Scaling and root planing (SRP), also known as a “deep cleaning,” is usually our first line of defense against mild-moderate cases of gum disease. It starts with a member of our team removing any and all plaque and tartar that has built up around the gum line (scaling), and then the roots of the teeth are slightly reshaped (root planing). This will prevent any future buildup and lower a person’s risk of reinfection. A complete SRP treatment can take one or multiple visits depending on a patient’s specific situation.