Scaling and Root Planing
In the early stages of periodontal disease, the best treatment option is typically non-surgical care. Plaque that forms on your teeth can become hard and turn into calculus or “tartar” above and below the gums. This tartar creates swelling, redness and bleeding. Dr. Bjornson and her trained staff can remove the hard deposits to allow your gums and bone to heal. This procedure, called Scaling and Root Planing, is often accomplished with local anesthetics so there is no discomfort and you can return to your normal routine following the appointment. Antibiotics may be needed to help your body’s immune system heal properly. Afterward, you will be shown proper technique for preventing the build-up of new plaque and calculus to maintain a healthy mouth.
Patients are often unaware when they clench and grind their teeth. Teeth can wear, shift, and chip away with the forces. The stress can exacerbate bone loss from periodontal disease and limit the healing response. When a patient is in need of bite therapy, Dr. Bjornson adjusts the teeth to improve their bite and makes a bite guard to protect the teeth, gum, and bone from excess pressure.
Bite guards are made of durable acrylic and cover the biting surfaces of one dental arch. Our bite guards are customized to the unique bite of each patient, unlike the over-the-counter bite guards which are bulky and uncomfortable in comparison. These over-the-counter “boil and bite” guards can actually increase muscle activity which can lead to more joint problems. With the use of a custom acrylic guard, patients are often surprised at the level of comfort when their jaws, teeth and muscles are no longer stressed. This can prevent damage to the teeth as well as protect the supporting bone and ligaments of the teeth.
Periodontal disease is often referred to as a “silent disease”, in that the patient rarely is aware of infection. This being said, continued monitoring by Dr. Bjornson is essential to maintaining periodontal health. This is a shared responsibility with the patient’s general dentist, with alternating visits typically every 3 months. During the hour appointment, the hygienist cleans the teeth with ultrasonic scalers and small instruments and polishes the teeth. Support is offered to help the patient learn how to brush and clean between their teeth. Dr. Bjornson will examine the teeth and gums for any signs of recurring infection. Early recognition of disease can prevent additional bone loss and tooth loss.
Call our friendly staff today at Mt. Pleasant Perio and set up an appointment for a routine service or consultation to improve your dental health. Our staff is happy to help and put you on the right track to optimal dental wellness.