There are many different varieties of periodontal (gum) disease and many ways in which these variations manifest themselves. At the Ridgefield dentist office of Michael B. Schwarz, DMD, we offer the treatment of many common types of periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis, chronic periodontal disease, aggressive periodontal disease, and periodontal disease relating to systemic conditions, as well as necrotizing periodontal disease.
It is important to prevent gum disease as infection and inflammation of the tissues that support your teeth can erode the ligament and bone beneath the gums, resulting in tooth loss. Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and, eventually, the bone that supports the teeth. Routine teeth cleanings are an incredibly effective method in preventing gum disease. Gingivitis, for example, is among the most common. However, all forms of gum disease require immediate treatment by our Ridgefield dentist to halt the progression and save the gum tissue and bone. Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis, and no damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended. If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended. If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean.
Our Ridgefield dentist will provide regular examinations of your gums during checkups with a periodontal probe and regular x-rays and determine if further action is necessary. So whether your periodontal disease needs only simple, non-surgical therapy or requires a deeper cleaning with scaling and root planning, the Ridgefield dentist office of Michael B. Schwarz, DMD will transform your teeth, gums, and mouth so that you leave our office smiling.