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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Periodontal Treatment

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Patients want an office that provides the procedures they are looking for and a doctor who understands their needs. Dr. Olga Frey has provided the answers to some of the most common questions she hears from patients. She and her team are standing by to answer any additional questions from potential or existing patients.

Periodontal Treatment

Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal disease characterized by bad breath, bleeding, sensitive, and swollen gums. Periodontal disease occurs because calculus (tartar) and bacteria develop beneath the gum line. Sensitive gum tissue develops an infection and can cause bleeding during brushing and flossing. Gingivitis may develop into the more serious periodontitis if not treated promptly. Sometimes, in its early stages, gingivitis can be reversible.

Treatment for gingivitis includes professional dental cleanings in conjunction with follow-up visits to ensure that the gums are healing properly. The dental hygienist will demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques to improve home care as well as recommend a re-care schedule that will support patients as they heal. In addition to the patient’s home dental care, Dr. Frey’s hygienist will also gently and thoroughly remove the plaque and bacteria above and below the patient’s gum line to promote proper healing.

As periodontal disease progresses, it becomes more difficult to treat. In some cases, site-specific antibiotics may be required to contain the infection. The hygienist will closely monitor the patient as he or she heals and make necessary adjustments to their treatment. Each patient is different and customized hygiene care will help restore the patient’s health as quickly and effectively as possible.

Teeth become sensitive for a wide variety of reasons. One example is gum recession, a condition where gums expose the underlying dentin. This allows air and changes in temperature from food or beverages to come into contact with this sensitive area of the tooth, sending uncomfortable and even shooting pains through the tooth. A number of treatments can help alleviate sensitivity, from certain toothpastes and gels to fluoride treatments, as well as procedures such as gum surgery. 

If patients suffer from bruxism (excessive clenching and grinding), their teeth may also feel sensitive to changes in temperature or to pressure. Bruxism can be treated with a nightguard, often relieving sensitivity, as well.

If patients have a specific tooth that feels sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, they may require a root canal. Once of the most common symptoms of an infected tooth includes sensitivity to pressure and temperature. Root canal therapy can alleviate these symptoms and restore the patient’s comfort. 

Finally, another common cause of tooth sensitivity is the overuse of whitening products. Too much whitening gel, leaving the trays in for too long, and whitening too frequently can cause acute tooth sensitivity that is not serious should go away once the patient takes a break from whitening their teeth.

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