and pain, or to aid in healing. these medications could include a pill,
a mouthrinse or a substance that the dentist places directly in the
periodontal pocket after scaling and root planing.
At the next visit Dr. Aschacher will check your pocket depth to determine
the effect of the scaling and root planing. At this point, many patients
do not require any further active treatment, only preventive care.
If the pockets are deep and the supporting bone is lost, surgery may
be necessary to help prevent tooth loss. Surgery allows Dr. Aschacher
to access hard-to-reach areas under the gum and along the roots where
tartar and plaque have accumulated. Eliminating this bacterial stronghold
and regenerating bone and tissue help to reduce pockets and repair damage
caused by the progressing disease.
Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease are almost
twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without
periodontal disease. The reason for this is that oral bacteria can affect
the heart when they enter the blood stream, attaching to fatty plaques
in the coronary arteries (heart blood vessels) and contributing to clot
formation. Coronary artery disease is characterized by a thickening
of the walls of the coronary arteries due to the buildup of fatty proteins.
Blood clots can obstruct normal blood flow, restricting the amount of
nutrients and oxygen required for the heart to function properly. This
may lead to heart attacks.
With this understanding in mind, treating gum disease early becomes
that much more important!
You don't have to lose teeth to periodontal diseases. Brush, clean
between your teeth, eat a balanced diet, avoid tobacco and schedule
regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.