Sunday, March 18, 2018

For Non Surgical Gum Treatment Andover Is The Place To Go

By George Snyder


Worldwide, a sizable number of people are suffering from periodontal gum disease. The number is bigger in the US. The disease has many different stages and forms. Sometimes it could be just be inflammation of the gums. In others it is a serious condition involving soft tissues and the bone beneath. When fully blown it severely destroys bones and gums which in turn incapacitates the mouth. Tooth loss is also a possibility. When one needs non surgical gum treatment Andover deserves to be visited.

Mucus and saliva in the mouth is usually mixed with bacteria. A colorless sticky substance resulting from this mixture gets deposited onto the teeth. This substance is known as plaque. It is easily removed by flossing or brushing teeth. When plaque is not removed it hardens over time. Its name changes to tartar once hardened. At this stage flossing or brushing does not work. Tartar can only be removed by a dentist.

Tartar and plaque become more harmful to teeth with each passing day. The bacteria contained in them cause inflammation of the gums. In turn, the gums become red and swell. This makes them easy to bleed. This condition is called Gingivitis and can be reversed easily through more active dental care. Daily brushing and flossing accompanied by regular cleaning by a dentist can undo the problem.

Leaving gingivitis without treating it makes it to develop into periodontitis. The latter disease is deadlier. It causes gums to detach from teeth, forming pockets, which feel with plaque over time. The bacteria infested plaque triggers immune response from the body. The immune response and the bacteria in turn attack underlying bone and connective tissue. Eventually, one may lose teeth.

There are various factors that increase the chances of one to develop this disease. One of the major factors is smoking. As such, smokers are usually asked to quit the habit while they are on treatment. Hormonal changes in ladies, is another major risk factors. Others include medication, genetic vulnerability, and diabetes.

Cleaning is almost always the method used to treat the disease. The kind of cleaning done is called deep cleaning, and it involves two main techniques, that is, root planing and scaling. The purpose of scaling is to remove tartar and plaque deposited on teeth. Planing on the other hand reduces bacterial load by smoothening dents in tooth roots so that bacteria lack gathering places. Plaque accumulate in the gums is also removed. This can be done using dental tools or laser.

Laser pulses are safe such that they cause little swelling, less bleeding and discomfort during cleaning. A person can take painkillers to help with the pain after the process. Multiple sessions may be required in order to achieve the best results. The number of required clean up sessions may also be determined by how severe the disease is.

The clean ups are not sufficient. They must be accompanied by medications. Accompanying medications include antimicrobial mouth rinses, enzyme suppressants, antiseptic chips and antibiotic gels. Surgery is always imminent but research is underway to determine if medication can replace it.




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