Periodontal disease Gum Periodontitis Dentist Charlotte NC North Carolina Holistic Biological Biocompatible
Periodontium refers to the specialized tissues that both surround and support the teeth, maintaining them in the maxillary and mandibular bones. The following four tissues make up the periodontium: alveolar bone, cementum, gingiva or gums, periodontal ligament.
Treating and preventing periodontal disease is an important part of my care for my Charlotte NC area patients.
When plaque (“bacteria”) accumulates around the teeth it can cause periodontal disease which includes gingivitis and periodontitis. Periodontal disease can permanently damage the support of the teeth. Additionally, periodontal disease will cause harm to the rest of your body. A well researched disease that is exacerbated by periodontal disease is heart disease . Periodontal disease is treated in our Charlotte North Carolina office but treatment also requires active participation by our patients at home. We have an effective home-care protocol (home care instructions) that we recommend for our patients. In our office we always stress the least invasive and nonsurgical therapies to resolve our patient’s disease. These therapies include all natural antimicrobials, ozone therapy and dental laser therapy. Gum recession is also a major problem for patients.
All dentists in the Charlotte North Carolina area would agree that a thorough periodontal exam is important. A comprehensive periodontal exam is part of our comprehensive exam procedures for our new Charlotte North Carolina NC area patients.
Our periodontal exam at our Charlotte
NC office involves the following:
1) Microscopic analysis of your oral plaque
2) Analysis of your gum pockets.
3) Analysis of tooth mobility
Tooth is being pushed to check for mobility.
A knowledgeable Charlotte North Carolina NC dentist
understands that tooth mobility can be caused by bone
loss from periodontal disease, a traumatic bite or both.
4) Analysis of root abrasion
5) Analysis of gum recession
6) Analysis of root furcations
A furcation is a tunnel between the roots of teeth that allow
bacteria to accumulate and make home care difficult.
Gum tissue removed to more easily see a furcation
between the roots of a molar tooth.
7) Analysis for occlusal (bite) disease:
- excessive wear of teeth
- chipped and fractured teeth
- exposed dentin
- thickened periodontal ligament
- tooth mobility
- jaw muscle tenderness
- TMJ tenderness
- Internal joint derangement
8) X-ray analysis of bone loss
As a dentist concerned about radiation exposure, I use digital Xrays (Xray) in my Charlotte NC North Carolina office. Digital X-rays use less radiation than traditional X-rays.