Methods of treating periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is a condition that can negatively impact one’s oral health and wellness. Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano and his team at DeStefano Dentistry are available to help patients better understand the ways in which they can protect their smile from harmful conditions. Periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, is a serious infection that can cause tooth loss, gum loss, and bone loss.

Understanding periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is a condition that starts with an infection in the gum tissues and can spread throughout the mouth. In fact, this infection is also known for having an oral-systemic connection to the rest of the body. The infection can be carried through the bloodstream to other organs, causing unwanted inflammation elsewhere. This is why it is vital that patients discover, diagnose, and treat their condition as soon as possible to keep from experiencing much further damage.

How is periodontal disease treated?

The treatment chosen by Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano and his team will vary depending on the stage at which the condition has developed. The earlier stages of periodontal disease, referred to as gingivitis, are the easiest to treat with antibiotics and a thorough prophylactic cleaning. However, if patients do not catch the condition in the early stages, it can progress to periodontitis and require extensive procedures such as scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is more invasive than a traditional cleaning, but allow the dental hygienist to reach deep into the pockets that develop between the teeth and the gums that harbor harmful bacteria. Our dental team may also integrate into one’s treatment the application of antibiotics directly at the source, or prescribe oral antibiotics for patients to take in treating the condition.

Call DeStefano Dentistry today

Learning about periodontal disease is the first step in protecting your smile from future problems. If you are curious to learn about ways to prevent periodontal disease, or if you fear you may be in one of its stages, it is time to connect with a professional to discuss your needs. Call DeStefano Dentistry at (585) 248-2383 to ask questions about this and other dental treatments available for your needs in the Pittsford, NY area.

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