Halting Gum Disease in Beachwood, OH
Gum disease is one of the most common dental health ailments to affect our country. As a general dentist dedicated to personalized care, Dr. Amstadt helps you overcome instances of gingivitis and periodontitis. Trudy Amstadt, DDS provides gum disease treatments in Beachwood and the surrounding cities.
How Treatment Works
Gum disease is categorized into two stages: early stage gum disease, which is also called gingivitis, and late stage gum disease, or periodontitis. The treatment you would require largely depends upon which stage of gum disease you are experiencing.
- Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums due to bacterial film, or plaque, being present on the teeth. A simple dental cleaning provided in a more thorough manner helps you overcome this condition.
- Periodontitis is the erosion of gum tissue by tartar, which is the plaque that has been allowed to harden onto the teeth. In order to halt periodontitis, a periodontal deep cleaning is necessary.
Periodontal deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, involve removing the plaque and tartar from the teeth through two steps. First, all calculus is scaled off of the tooth. Second, the root’s enamel surface is smoothed, or planed, in order to encourage the gums to heal closely to the tooth and prevent further recession.
The Importance of Prompt Treatment
Gum disease erodes the soft tissue of the smile. More and more of the tooth becomes exposed to the smile, leaving it vulnerable to decay. Eventually, the bone supporting the teeth and gums will also begin to erode. This loss of bone material is the main reason we lose teeth as we age.
Scaling and root planing allows your dentist in Beachwood to stop this process. Visiting Dr. Amstadt at least twice a year for exams and cleanings makes sure gum disease is noticed before it becomes too advanced.
The Role of a Periodontist
A periodontist is an expert in keeping the gum and other soft tissues of the mouth healthy. Periodontists become necessary when the deep cleaning alone will not be effective in treating your periodontitis. Dr. Amstadt will measure the health of your gums in order to find out if scaling and root planing will be enough to save your smile. If you will need more thorough treatment, then our dentist will refer you to a trusted specialist for further treatment.
Contact Us Today
Trudy Amstadt, DDS provides gum disease treatments in Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Mayfield, and the surrounding communities. For more information regarding our general dental services, call or email our practice today!