Periodontal Therapy Ocala Florida Dentist

Dealing with advanced gum disease or periodontitis isn’t always easy, but our Ocala, FL, dentist and hygienists are here to help keep the condition at bay with periodontal therapy. This primarily non-surgical approach involves deep cleaning methods such as scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar from below the gumline, reduce inflammation, prevent tooth loss, and promote tissue healing.

Learn more about gum disease treatment below.

Understanding Periodontal Disease

A complex condition that progresses through different stages, periodontal disease is serious and cannot be reversed. Initially it’s known as gingivitis and can cause redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gums. At this point, the condition is reversible with a teeth cleaning and upgraded at-home care. As the disease advances, however, it becomes periodontitis and the supporting structures of the teeth, including bone and ligaments, are affected.

You can expect the following symptoms with periodontitis:

  • Tender, irritated gums that bleed easily
  • Bad breath
  • An infection (pus) around your gum line
  • Teeth that are loose or have fallen out
  • Gum recession
  • Pain when chewing
  • Changes to your bite (how the upper and lower teeth come together)

It’s important to seek timely intervention from our dentist if you notice any of the above signs. We’ll conduct a thorough examination of the gums, probe for pocket depths, and evaluate inflammation or recession. Your disease progression will then influence how we tailor a treatment plan specifically for you.

Core Components of Periodontal Therapy

How we approach periodontal therapy reflects our commitment to providing personalized and effective care. Following your initial assessment, we’ll take the time needed to develop your unique treatment plan. Most cases of gum disease, and subsequently most plans, will require a procedure known as scaling and root planing.

This non-surgical procedure involves removing plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces and below the gumline, followed by smoothing the root surfaces to prevent bacterial reattachment. Additionally, antibiotic therapy may be recommended to target and eliminate bacteria contributing to the infection. It’s only when the condition is severe that surgical intervention is discussed.

Overall, each patient plan is designed to incorporate advanced techniques and technologies to ensure efficiency and comfort. We also prioritize open communication and education along the way so you’re an active participant in your treatment.

Schedule an Appointment

Our dentist in Ocala, FL, knows how frustrating it can be to deal with gum disease. That’s why we are here to help manage the condition and deliver the relief you deserve. Call Pruitt Dentistry today at 352.732.3985 to request an appointment.