Here in Chambersburg, PA, we enjoy helping our patients work towards a complete and beautiful smile, thanks to dental implants. But one disease that can nearly stop your treatment in it’s tracks is periodontal disease: an infectious disease that inflames the gums and causes redness, sensitivity, bleeding, and more. However, having this disease does not mean that you are forever prevented from getting implants. In fact, there are treatments available here at The Wagner Centre to help curb the side effects and symptoms of periodontal disease, as well as help clear out the bacteria.
Scaling and root planing are two procedures that most often go together, and work to clear the teeth of harmful plaque and tartar buildup. Plaque is the root cause of tooth decay and gum disease, and if left untended to, then it can lead to periodontal disease.
After a local anesthetic is administered, Dr. Wagner will perform a “scaling” procedure, using a specialized tool to clear the stubborn plaque located at the base of each affected tooth. After the plaque is removed, a root planing is performed. Root planing entails using another tool to go underneath the gums at the base of the tooth and remove more plaque. Beneath the gums is where a lot of the disease-causing bacteria resides, and is difficult for a toothbrush or piece of floss to reach.
Sensitivity is a common experience after this procedure is finished, so we recommend desensitizing toothpaste to help.
When periodontal disease is left unchecked for a long time, it can lead to deeper consequences below the gums. Teeth are situated in the jawbone with very small pockets between them. For the most part, the teeth are secure. But when bacteria, food particles, and plaque enter the picture, then that pocket of bone between the teeth can become infected and reduce in size. Your teeth may start to feel loose, and the gums will appear at the early stages of periodontal disease.
While the plaque and other calculus can be removed, it still leaves the affected pocket of bone underneath. Dr. Wagner will open a small flap in the gums, just above the affected pocket. The surgery entails shaping and recontouring the pocket, so that it resembles a normal structure to keep the teeth secure. While this won’t be the time to replace lost bone, a bone graft can be a possibility at a later date.
Periodontal disease is very serious and can be costly and harmful if left untreated for long amounts of time. Whether it’s being caught for the first time, or has been going on for some time, we have the treatments to help reverse the effects. This way, you can clear up these problems prior to dental implants and improve your chances for implant success. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wagner about your candidacy.
Dr. Rebecca Wagner
129 Chambers Hill Dr.
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Tuesday: 8AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 5PM
Thursday: 8AM – 5PM
Friday: 7AM – 3PM