Periodontal Treatment and Maintenance
Our clinic is led by Dr. Cicero, one of the world’s leading experts in the field of periodontology and implant dentistry. His day-to-day practice focuses on saving compromised tissues and teeth and rehabilitating the arch to its original aesthetic and mechanical functions using cutting-edge procedures.
Read more on our treatment options for periodontitis.
Understanding Periodontal Disease:
Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to gum recession, tooth loss, and even impact your overall health. Recognizing the signs and seeking early treatment is crucial for preventing severe damage.
Luckily, these consequences can be prevented by making an appointment with an expert periodontist.
Our Periodontal Treatments:
Cleaning and deep cleaning
There are two different methods to remove plaque and calculus that cannot be removed by brushing, flossing or with a regular home cleaning.
While a simple cleaning procedure focuses on the surfaces of the teeth and between teeth above the gum line, deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, removes bacteria, calculus (tartar), and debris that has been collected under the gum line.
Open flap debridement
If the cleaning and the deep cleaning treatment are not enough to get rid of the gum infection, gingival flap surgery may be an option. With this procedure, the gums are separated from the teeth and folded back temporarily. This allows the dentist to get a better view of the root of the tooth and of the bone, and they can remove the infected tissues through a deep cleaning of the newly exposed structures.
If you’ve been diagnosed with bone damage, your dentist might suggest osseous surgery.
This is a procedure that is done in order to remove the damaged bone around the tooth, and it follows a procedure of open flap debridement. Getting rid of the damaged bone promotes better reattachment and healing of the gum tissues. Depending on the severity of the bone loss, the dentist might also perform a bone graft or guided tissue regeneration before reattaching the gum tissue.
Subepithelial microbial therapy
The aim of subepithelial microbial therapy is to eradicate the pathogens associated with periodontal disease that cannot be reached by mechanical therapy in order to promote healing. This can be sometimes completely achieved only by a combination of non-surgical, surgical, and antimicrobial therapy.
Another possible treatment option for periodontal disease is to use laser to remove the inflamed gum tissue from around the root of the tooth. Using laser for excising diseased gum tissue does not need a general anesthetic, and it can target the diseased areas precisely and accurately. Bleeding, pain, and swelling are limited because periodontal laser therapy is less invasive than regular surgery, and as a consequence, recovery and healing times are shorter.
Why Choose Dr Cicero’s Clinic for Periodontal Disease Treatment?
Internationally acclaimed experts:
Dr. Cicero is specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, and has a proven activity in both clinical and research practice in the field of periodontal diseases.
We use cutting-edge technology, including digital radiography and laser therapy, for precise diagnostics and effective treatment.
Personalized Treatment Plans:
Your periodontal care plan is tailored to your specific needs, ensuring the most appropriate and effective treatments are provided.
We believe in empowering our patients with knowledge about gum disease prevention and management to promote long-term oral health.
We prioritize your comfort and well-being throughout your periodontal treatments, ensuring a positive experience.
Our clinic offers a wide range of dental services, allowing us to address all your oral health needs in one convenient location.
Many of our patients have regained their smiles and confidence after being treated by Dr. Cicero. Find their success stories here.
FAQ on periodontal disease
What are the most common signs of gum disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can manifest in various ways. Common signs and symptoms can include:
- Bleeding Gums: Gums that bleed when you brush or floss.
- Swollen or Red Gums: Inflammation or redness of the gum tissue.
- Bad Breath: Persistent bad breath that doesn’t improve with oral hygiene.
- Gum Recession: Gums that pull away from the teeth, making teeth appear longer.
- Loose Teeth: Teeth may become loose or shift in position.
- Sensitive Teeth: Increased tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.
- Pain: Some individuals report feeling pain when brushing their teeth or flossing.
Can gum disease be reversed?
Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, is reversible with proper oral hygiene practices such as regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings. However, advanced stages of gum disease (periodontitis) are not fully reversible but can be managed and controlled with treatment and ongoing maintenance.
What happens during a comprehensive periodontal evaluation?
Upon your first appointment with Dr. Cicero, the doctor will ask you some general questions about your medical and dental history, along with your lifestyle. This will help us identify any potential risk factors, and determine the best clinical approach moving forward.
Dr.Cicero will then perform a thorough evaluation of your gums and teeth’s health, and, if necessary, you might receive some further diagnostic testing (like X-rays) to better understand the root of your problem.
Is scaling and root planing painful?
While pain and discomfort are subjective, scaling and root planing are not considered painful procedures. However, we always offer some local anesthesia to make sure that the treatment goes smoothly.
How often should I have periodontal maintenance visits?
The frequency of periodontal maintenance visits may vary based on the severity of your gum disease and your individual needs. If you are a long-term patient of Dr.Cicero, he’ll discuss your maintenance schedule with you.
Can gum disease affect my overall health?
Yes.There is a growing body of research linking gum disease to various systemic health issues, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and respiratory diseases.
How can I prevent gum disease?
You can take several steps to prevent gum disease:
- Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily.
Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
Avoid smoking and tobacco products.
Eat a balanced diet that’s low in sugary and acidic foods.