Periodontal disease is very destructive and it can lead to gums pulling away from teeth, exposing the root structure to create eventual tooth loss. It also is usually painless, and can only be identified and diagnosed by dental professionals. It is estimated that 75 percent of Americans over the age of 35 have some level of gum disease. Fortunately, patients of Dr. E. Scott Saltzman find that his dental practice in Cary and the Triangle offers comprehensive screening for gum disease and regular treatments that will eventually slow and halt its progression. The office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry has a series of videos on the website to help patients understand more about this problem.
Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offers three significant facts and procedures that can help detect and treat periodontal disease:
- Six-month check-ups: Saltzman recommends six-month checks for most patients. During the appointment, the hygienist will look for red or swollen gums, a possible early sign of periodontal disease. The hygienist will also use a periodontal probe to check the depth of spaces between teeth and gums. Readings deeper than 3 millimeters can indicate periodontal disease. X-rays also help show whether jawbone is receding from teeth.
- Three-month procedure: Periodontal disease cannot be cured, but it can be controlled with three month cleanings. Bacteria that settles into the pockets between teeth and gums can reach a destructive level in only 90 days. The frequent treatments remove the bacteria present below the gum line.
- Scaling and root planing: These procedures go beyond regular dental cleanings, which only treat tooth surfaces above the gum line. Scaling and root planing remove bacteria below the gum line and smooth the root surfaces. Local anesthetic is used to make the procedure more comfortable. Fluoride or medication also may be applied to the affected area. Afterward, gums should fit more snugly around teeth.
Maintaining dental health and getting regular cleanings are the first steps to preventing periodontal disease. If you are overdue for a cleaning, call the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. Our offices in Cary are accepting new patients. We are convenient to all areas in the Triangle, from Durham to Holly Springs, Apex to Morrisville. Stop by and visit when looking for a new dentist. We are located between Davis Drive and SW Cary Parkway just north of Waldo Rood Road on Towne Village Drive in the town of Cary NC.
This informative post about dental health and cosmetic treatments is brought to you by Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC. Please call us for an appointment today.
We are located between Davis Drive and SW Cary Parkway just north of Waldo Rood Road on Towne Village Drive in the town of Cary, NC.
919 380 9311
202 Town Village Drive
Cary, NC 27513
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