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Periodontal Therapy in Jacksonville Beach, FL

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, gum disease is the single most common disease in the United States, affecting approximately 64.7 million Americans. That’s more than half of adults aged 30 and over, and the statistics only grow higher in patients over the age of 65. It is also the leading cause of tooth loss in America. Like heart disease, gum disease can be accurately described as a silent killer. This is because it is correlated with a broad range of potentially fatal illnesses and complications. Early diagnosis and consistent treatment of periodontal disease are the two key factors in reducing the patient’s risk of associated health conditions, including heart disease, pancreatic cancer, premature birth, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, respiratory illnesses, and more.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a chronic infection of the gums and bone tissue that support the teeth. It is characterized by inflammation of the connective tissues that comprise the gums and often results in swelling, redness, and bleeding during and after brushing. When food debris, plaque, and tartar cause the gum tissue to become inflamed and recede, the bacteria spreads deeper into the periodontal pockets near the base of each tooth. As the infection of the gums continues to progress, the prospect of resultant tooth loss becomes very real; this possibility underscores the importance of early treatment and vigilant periodontal therapy visits.

Is Gum Disease Curable?

While there is no definitive cure for periodontal disease, proper therapy can effectively halt the spread of infection and the worsening of symptoms. Management of the infection via periodontal therapy can drastically reduce and even eliminate noticeable symptoms like bleeding and tenderness, simultaneously reducing your risk of tooth loss and related systemic health conditions. Dr. Wagner can detect early warning signs of gum disease at your regular dental checkups, offering recommendations to stop the disease in its tracks. At this stage, prevention might be as simple as changing your brushing technique, improving your flossing routine, or changing the products you use for oral care at home.

Once gum disease sets in, we usually start with non-surgical therapy, including:

If a conservative, non-surgical approach cannot eliminate all of the disease process, we are fortunate to have a periodontist as part of our team! Expect to attend more frequent hygiene visits so we can monitor your condition and make sure that recovery is on track.

Moderate to advanced cases may require the care of a periodontist (a gum disease specialist). Surgery may be needed to eliminate diseased gum tissues, replace missing teeth with dental implants, or to do bone or soft-tissue grafts. These can sound like scary procedures. However, the latest surgical techniques have made these procedures much easier than they were just a couple years ago. If stress and anxiety are a problem, please read up on our I.V. and Oral Sedation options which can enable you to proceed with needed treatment (with MUCH less stress)!

Before and after therapy, expect to have more frequent hygiene visits so that Dr. Wagner and his team can monitor your condition and make sure that your recovery is on track.

What is Laser Treatment for Gum Disease?

Combined with comprehensive periodontal therapy, a diode laser for soft tissue procedures can remove and reduce some periodontal infection. This type of treatment also promotes reattachment of gum tissue to teeth. Laser dentistry is precise and conservative in comparison to traditional therapies. Some patients do not even need anesthesia during laser therapy, as the laser eliminates the need for cutting with a scalpel. Patients vastly prefer the laser method we use, citing faster recovery times and a virtually painless procedure.

Licensed Periodontist

Part of Dr. Wagner's plan for ECCELLA, was to have a Periodontist as part of the team. This is a level of service that very few offices can provide in-house. A periodontist is a dentist who has received an additional two or three years of focused training. A periodontist specializes in all issues and surgical techniques pertaining to the gums, including gum disease therapy. Our licensed periodontist can treat gum disease effectively, right from our office. Dr. Wagner oversees all periodontal treatments. This is particularly important when planning detailed treatment plans with our periodontist ensuring your gums stay healthy for the long-term. Our primary goal is to provide you with the most effective, comfortable, and customized periodontal treatment in order to help you achieve optimal oral health.

Discover the Difference

Call our Jacksonville Beach dental office today and reserve your appointment with general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Wagner. Located in Jacksonville Beach, patients visit our office from across the nation, as well as the surrounding areas of Ponte Vedra, Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and St. Augustine.

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