Periodontal Maintenance In Murray, UT

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Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal (gum) disease is a major cause of tooth loss, so it’s important not to overlook your gums since they can tell a lot about your dental health. Be wary of the telltale signs of gum trouble like bleeding, bad breath, or loose teeth. At the first sign of trouble, come to us for deep cleaning and other services. We’ll keep your gums in the pink.

eriodontal Therapy is a dental technique used to prevent gum disease progression and the formation of periodontal pockets and bone spurs which support the growth of plaque.

Periodontal Therapy is commonly recommended for all patients with mild to moderate gum disease who are not receiving additional dental treatment such as gingivectomy or periodontal surgery.

Periodontal Therapy questions aim to assess the patient’s current dental health and any potential new problems related to current gum disease, periodontal disease prevention, or periodontal hygiene.

Periodontal Therapy Treatments

Periodontal Therapy treatments attempt to reduce the bacteria that are harbored in the gums and at the root of the teeth. The purpose of this dental treatment is to improve the overall health of the gums and to decrease the pockets of bacterial plaque, which are associated with periodontal disease.

The main goals of non-surgical periodontal therapy are to eliminate and prevent bacterial growth, remove and destroy periodontal microorganisms, improve the sensitivity of the periodontal tissues to disease-causing bacteria, reduce inflammation, improve bone stability, reduce risk of infection, reduce pocket depths and increase the stability of the gums.

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Healthy teeth

The Prevention Of Gum Disease

Healthy oral hygiene practices and healthy diet and lifestyle are important in the prevention of gum disease. Poor oral hygiene includes poor daily brushing habits, flossing, not using appropriate flossing tools, and regular professional cleaning.

Periodontal diseases are the result of gum inflammation, which occurs when the gums become inflamed as a result of plaque, tartar, calculus, or underlying gingivitis. Gums become sensitive to the impact of food particles, debris, plaque, and bacteria when they become inflamed.

Oral inflammation can result from exposure to bacteria that causes periodontal disease, or from systemic inflammation which results from chemical and antibiotic therapies, such as corticosteroids, amyloids, and anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat other conditions.

Periodontal therapy helps to reduce inflammation by removing diseased gums, reducing pocket depths, preventing new gingivitis, improving the attachment of the teeth to the gums, reducing periodontitis progression, and reducing the risk of tooth loss and bone loss associated with periodontitis.

This procedure is done by applying gels, creams and oral rinses that are designed to dissolve and loosen pockets of plaque. Plaque is the sticky substance that builds up between the teeth and the gums. This will cause the teeth and gums to decay, which will then lead to periodontitis.

The primary objective of periodontal therapy is to reduce the risks of tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. The goal of management is to reduce the bacterial burden on the teeth, gums, and bones.

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Dental tools in dental clinic.

It also involves the control of local risk factors which can promote the occurrence and progression of periodontitis. These include:

Diabetes: Studies have shown that oral infections, such as gingivitis and periodontitis are more common in people who are predisposed to diabetes.

One theory explains this is that people with diabetes have reduced insulin levels, which are necessary for the survival of their tooth enamel. Therefore, periodontal treatment is important to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and cardiovascular complications such as heart disease.

For individuals who already have diabetes, periodontal therapy is especially important as a comprehensive oral strategy to reduce the risks of infection and complications.

Blood sugar levels should be monitored carefully when treating diabetic patients, especially those with uncontrolled diabetic ketoacidosis.

Poor Oral Health: Diabetic patients should not undergo periodontal therapy if they do not have a sufficient amount of saliva to buffer the effects of infections and other treatments.

Saliva is incapable of producing sufficient quantities of digestive enzymes and other bacteria needed to kill invading organisms and prevent bacteria from growing in plaque.

Therefore, patients should have their dental implants or dentures replaced with suitable prosthetic devices to facilitate easy access to saliva and absorb the nutrients it contains. Good oral hygiene is therefore crucial to avoid the development of gum disease and tooth decay.

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Treatment of tooth decay

Periodontal disease occurs in response to poor oral health and nutritional deficiencies. Periodontal diseases can be prevented by following good oral hygiene practices and ensuring comprehensive nutritional intake, especially of those foods that are recommended by periodontists.

Periodontal surgeons have developed a variety of innovative procedures to prevent and treat gum disease and improve the health of the gums, bone, and connective tissues that support the teeth.

These innovative surgical techniques can be used in conjunction with various nonsurgical periodontal therapy strategies to achieve better overall results and lower patient morbidity and mortality.

Frequently Asked Questions

What questions should I ask my periodontist?
Common Questions to Ask Your Periodontist. What is Periodontal Disease? What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease? Should I Be Worried About Gum Disease? How Is Gum Disease Treated? Should I See a Periodontist for Dental Implants? Can My Gummy Smile Be Corrected?

What are three non surgical periodontal treatments?
Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy. 1. Scaling and Root Planing. To effectively take care of periodontal disease, the initial treatment is typically scaling and root planing; this treatment exists to remove tartar at or below the gum line. 2. Localized placement of medications under the gum line to combat gum disease. 3. Systemic Antimicrobials. 4. Laser Therapy.

What does periodontal treatment involve?
The first nonsurgical step usually involves a special cleaning, called descaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar deposits on the tooth and root surfaces. This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and periodontal pockets to shrink. This is sometimes referred to as peri- odontal or deep cleaning.

Can you reverse periodontal disease naturally?
The key thing to reversing gum disease is removing the tartar that’s present on both the root of your teeth and under your gum line. Periodontitis can’t be reversed, only slowed down, while gingivitis can be reversed.

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Dr Paul Barlow

Dr Paul Barlow

Dr. Paul Barlow is a very experienced, knowledgeable and personable dentist who likes to take the time to get to know each patient, explain treatments thoroughly and listen to what his patients have to say.

He keeps up with the latest technology to increase patient comfort and the quality of his work.
His father spent thirty years serving in the Navy as a dentist, for this reason Paul’s interest in dentistry began early on.

After receiving a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, he headed to Omaha, Nebraska to attend Creighton University’s Boyne School of Dentistry. Creighton Dental School has a reputation for producing skilled clinicians, ready to work in all areas of dentistry. Paul received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) in May of 1990.

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Paul E. Barlow, DDS PC
Paul Barlow Family Dentist

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