Periodontal Therapy Options in Hutchinson
A majority of adults in the US today suffer from some form of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease), with many not even being aware of its presence. While this condition may seem relatively harmless in the beginning, it can quickly progress to dangerous levels, causing jawbone deterioration, tooth loss, and other consequences. Studies have even shown that periodontal disease can contribute to a variety of overall health problems, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, strokes, pregnancy complications, and more. Here in Hutchinson, Dr. Grant Ringler, Dr. Melissa Barnhart, Dr. Justin Barnhart, and the rest of our team take this threat very seriously. We provide periodontal screenings as an essential part of regular check-ups, and treatment options are available for patients who need help regaining their oral health. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment!
Do I have periodontal disease?
In many cases, periodontal disease can exhibit very subtle or even unrecognizable symptoms in its early stages that aren’t noticed by patients – that’s why attending regular check-ups with professionals like Dr. Ringler is so important for your oral health and overall wellbeing. However, there are some tell-tale indications you can look for when brushing and flossing in the comfort of your own home. These include:
- Oral bleeding
- Excessive bad breath
- Gums that are especially swollen, red, or tender
- Painful chewing
- Teeth that feel looser or increasingly sensitive
- Teeth that appear longer over time
Once our team has determined that you’re experiencing periodontal disease, our recommendations for treatment will depend on the severity of your condition. Mild cases (also known as “gingivitis”) can often be reversed with a more diligent oral hygiene routine, as well as routine cleanings at our Hutchinson practice. Once your condition has progressed, the following options may become necessary:
- Scaling & Root Planing – This in-depth cleaning involves our doctors removing dangerous plaque from above and below the gum line, as well as removing rough spots from root surfaces where plaque is likely to accumulate and cause damage.
- Antibiotic Therapy – This option may be used in conjunction with scaling and root planing or alone. Its application can help control populations of bacteria and reduce the size of periodontal pockets.
- Soft Tissue Laser Treatment – Instead of relying on traditional, invasive dental tools, our team is proud to utilize the state-of-the-art Solea® soft tissue laser when treating periodontal disease, removing bacteria with a precise touch that minimizes bleeding and improves healing time. The treatment is so comfortable that most patients don’t even require local anesthetic.