Periodontics in Hurricane, UT
Gum disease presents danger to the immediate and long term health of your smile, as well as the whole of your body. As a general dentist at Zion Dental, Dr. Powell provides periodontal services to ensure healthy gums and the long term health of patients throughout Hurricane, La Verkin, Toquerville, and the surrounding communities.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a serious condition that stems from bacteria in the mouth growing unchecked and infecting the soft tissues. In the United States, more people lose their teeth due to periodontal disease than to cavities or any other reason. The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis.
Gingivitis is fairly common, and can be corrected with an adjustment of at-home hygiene habits, as well as a routine cleaning by your dentist; however, as plaque hardens and becomes tartar, it can no longer be removed by flossing and brushing and the damage done becomes more extensive. It is at this stage that patients require specialized cleanings and other restorative procedures to improve their gingival health.
Periodontal Deep Cleanings
At our Hurricane dental practice, Dr. James Powell provides deep cleanings for patients experiencing the later stages of gum disease. Known as scaling and root planing, this procedure involves removing plaque and tartar from the surface of the tooth and the areas beneath the gum line. This treatment also aims to smooth out tooth roots, making it harder for bacteria to accumulate after your cleaning.
As deep cleanings remove bacteria from beneath the gum line, this procedure allows the gums to heal from the effects of inflammation, periodic bleeding, tenderness, and the other effects of late-stage gum disease.
Advanced Cleaning Procedures
For patients experiencing advanced periodontitis, Dr. Powell provides advanced cleaning techniques to remove bacterial deposits from the base of the teeth. Late stages of gum disease cause tartar to form far beneath the gum line, making it difficult to remove with normal deep cleaning techniques. Our Hurricane dentist provides advanced procedures, including surgical procedures when necessary, that target the lower portions of the root, enabling a more thorough cleaning.
After initial periodontal cleanings, Dr. Powell provides continual exams and cleanings for patients, ensuring they do not experience recurring infection, and help them maintain proper oral health through routine exams and cleanings.
Contact Zion Dental Today
If you are experiencing soft tissue inflammation, bleeding gums, or any of the signs of gum disease, contact
Zion Dental today. We provide periodontal care for patients throughout Hurricane, La Verkin, and Toquerville, restoring smiles to optimal health.