Dentists have been concerned about gum disease or “periodontal disease” for decades. The emphasis was based on the important task of saving teeth from being lost. Recent research has proven that there is an “oral-systemic” link between gum disease and significant health problems. We now understand that heart disease, strokes, diabetes and pre-term low birth weight babies aren’t resulting from the tooth loss of periodontal disease, but these problems can be directly related to the elevation of inflammatory processes brought on by the bacterial infection of gum disease.
Centers for Dental Medicine is a group of dental practices across the United States that are dedicated to using the latest, most advanced techniques for the effective treatment of gum disease. Here at the Bangor Center for Dental Medicine we are trained and equipped to assess your risk from periodontal disease, discuss your treatment options, and provide the most up-to-date in-office and homecare available.
Treatment of gum disease has to include a very thorough cleaning of all the tooth surfaces in the mouth. Removing the bacterial plaque and the hard deposits that accumulate around and between the teeth is necessary. Ultrasonic cleaning of the teeth offers a more comfortable experience for our patients and the ultrasonic action is effective at killing the bacteria that hide in the crevices around the teeth. We also use a powerful laser to reach down into the “pockets” below the gum line to further kill harmful bacteria and to provide a treated tissue surface that can heal much more readily. Laser treatments are most often completed comfortably and without need for anesthesia. Bacterial DNA testing is employed before and after the treatment to make certain our treatment has been effective.
The ultimate goal of this therapy is to remove the harmful bacteria, reduce the inflammation that the bacterial infection has caused in the oral cavity and provide an environment that can more easily be maintained. Research has shown that without this important therapy, your general health and wellbeing is at risk. If we are able to initiate this therapy early enough, we will most likely avoid the potential need for gum surgery and/or tooth removal, In this way we aim to eliminate periodontal disease not just perpetually treat it as has often been done in the past.