Your initial oral examination includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We will also take x-rays, which includes the panoramic x-ray for proper diagnosis of the anterior (front) and posterior (back) teeth as well as the bite-wing x-ray series for proper diagnosis of proximal decay of posterior teeth.
The best way to prevent excessive plaque buildup is to schedule a professional teeth cleaning appointment with one of our hygienists every six months. Plaque that is left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. While brushing and flossing your teeth keeps plaque and bacteria at bay, you can’t neglect to schedule dental checkups. Some dental plaque can only be removed during a professional dental cleaning so it doesn’t harden into tartar. Your dentist can also help you prevent gum disease, such as gingivitis and the more serious periodontitis. Scheduling dental cleanings is just one more way to safeguard your smile. The gentle professional teeth cleanings performed in our office will help you preserve your teeth and gums.
Gum disease is an infection caused by bacteria accumulation below the gum line. This serious but silent disease often goes undetected until it reaches advanced stages. Periodontal or gum disease can lead to tooth loss, and it has also been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and complications during pregnancy. Estimates show that up to 75% of the population has some form of gum disease. Even patients who have good oral hygiene can get gum disease, so what can be done to combat this chronic infection? Dr. Leer takes gum disease seriously, and she offers a comprehensive method to treat and prevent periodontal problems.
Scaling and Root Planing
Some cases of acute periodontal (gum) disease that do not respond to more conventional treatment and self-care such as flossing may require a special kind of cleaning called scaling and root planing. The procedure begins with administration of a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. Then, a small instrument called a "scaler," or an ultrasonic cleaner, is used to clean beneath your gum line to remove plaque and tartar. The root surfaces on the tooth are then planed and smoothed. If effective, scaling and root planing helps the gums reattach themselves to the tooth structure. Additional measures may be needed if the periodontal pockets persist after scaling and root planning.
PerioProtect combines a non-invasive chemical therapy with mechanical removal of bacteria for a two-pronged approach to battle infection and prevent future issues. A thorough cleaning at our office will remove plaque, tartar, and biofilm. PerioProtect adds another level of protection by preventing the new growth of biofilm and changing the chemical environment in the periodontal pockets. This chemical treatment also helps heal existing oral wounds caused by the biofilm. Dr. Leer will custom design a dental tray to place the prescribed PerioProtect solution into the periodontal pockets. The trays are used between dental visits to help manage bacteria reproduction and to heal existing wounds. This is a comfortable, non-invasive treatment that can, in just minutes a day, heal and prevent periodontal disease.