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PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY | OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
Many Americans experience some form of periodontal disease, often without realizing it. Periodontal disease is chiefly responsible for adult tooth loss, bleeding gums, bad breath and receding gums. But, did you know that periodontal disease has been associated with a variety of general health problems, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, blood clots, premature birth, low birth weight and more? Over 400 types of bacteria live in your mouth. It is these bacteria that can enter the bloodstream causing severe health problems. These germs multiply at a very rapid rate, requiring constant care to reduce their numbers. The acidity of your mouth can also affect the harm these bacteria can do.
The truth is, periodontal disease is easily prevented with proper hygiene, home care and professional treatment. If diagnosed in its early stages, gum disease treatments are easier, less invasive and more effective. Your visit to Rahill & Simon Dental includes a complete evaluation of your gums and supportive tissues.
If you are diagnosed with periodontal (gum) disease, regularly scheduled supportive therapy is vitally important to your success in management of disease progression. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, "following a course of active periodontal treatment and periodic ongoing care at regularly prescribed intervals" is essential.
Because periodontal disease or infection can recur, continuous maintenance is absolutely necessary to prevent this periodontal infection from becoming active once again and destroying what healing has occurred.
The following treatment is included in your periodontal maintenance appointment:
- Evaluation of oral health to detect subtle signs of disease recurrence
- Appropriate debridement of teeth and gums (professional cleaning and polishing)
- Antimicrobial therapy to destroy difficult to reach bacteria as deemed necessary by the doctor
- Evaluation of homecare regimes and aids
- Oral health evaluation including oral cancer screening, necessary dental films, and decay detection
- Recommendations based on individual needs as a result of medical and dental histories review
A NightGuard is a customized bite appliance that is worn on your upper teeth (arch) while you sleep. Many patients grind and clench their teeth at night, resulting in headaches, migraines, neck pain and other ailments. Additionally chipped, cracked, or broken teeth may occur, as well as periodontal (gum tissue) breakdown.
Your Rahill & Simon Dental team specially designs your NightGuard so that it will allow your jaw to relax and rest while you slumber, eliminating the issues that stem from clenching and grinding. If you think you may suffer from the effects of nighttime clenching and grinding, ask us to place you on the path toward relief today.
A DayGuard is a customized bite appliance that is designed to fit on your lower teeth (arch). This guard can be used during the day to prevent clinching and grinding. As opposed to the NightGuard, the DayGuard is less noticeable and allows you to speak while it is in place in your mouth. Many people wear a DayGuard to minimize clenching while working, driving, or performing other daily activities. It protects your teeth from wear and tear and can also help to reduce tension headaches that are a result of grinding. Ask Dr. Rahill and Dr. Simon if this is a good option for you.