Gum Disease


Gum Disease Treatments

If you’ve watched toothpaste commercials you’ve probably heard about gingivitis, also known as gum disease.  Put simply, that’s an inflammation of the gums and is usually caused by build-ups of tartar and plaque on your teeth.

Hall Periodontics specializes in treating gum disease, an oral health concern that has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and cancer.   Periodontal disease may cause pockets between the gum and the tooth, reducing the stability of your teeth.   There are many causes, and medications and immune disorders can also contribute to gum disease.

Various procedures are used to treat gum disease, from specialized cleanings and a stepped up home care program for the mildest periodontitis to oral surgery for more serious cases.  Our goal is to give you the least invasive and most cost effective treatment available.

Periodontal Surgery

More severe pockets between teeth and gums may not be easily treated by scaling and root planing. If you have deep pockets surrounding your teeth, we may recommend a pocket reduction procedure. This involves folding back the gum tissue, cleaning out the disease-causing bacteria and fastening the gum tissue back in place.  If the bone has been damaged, we may smooth it out to eliminate places where bacteria can hide.

Serious gum disease can destroy supporting bone in your mouth.   If that happens, we may recommend reversing the damage by removing bacteria and then doing a bone graft or using tissue-stimulating proteins to encourage your body to regenerate the lost bone and tissue.  This can help reduce the depth of the pockets between your gums and your teeth and repair the damage you’ve experienced from gum disease.


Scaling & Root Planing

One common treatment for gum disease is called scaling and root planing.  Despite the scary sounding name, it’s actually a non-invasive specialized cleaning that is often successful in treating mild gum disease.  Scaling and root planing involves a careful cleaning of the tooth below the gum line along the root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar build up so that the gums can more closely and effectively adhere to the teeth, keeping bacteria out.   Follow up treatments may include antimicrobials and ongoing maintenance therapy.

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Infection Control and Concerns Regarding the Corona Virus Crisis


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Infection control procedures are actions taken in health care settings to prevent the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations for dental office infection control. Your dentist cares about your safety and works hard to prevent the spread of infection. Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles and countertops, have been cleaned and disinfected. Offices may cover some equipment with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.

Non-disposable items like the dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable dental tools and needles are never reused. Infection control precautions also require all dental staff involved in patient care to use appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns and eyewear when needed. After each patient, disposable gloves and masks are thrown away. Before seeing the next patient, everyone on the treatment team washes their hands and put on a new pair of gloves.

Your well-being is important to your dentist and dental staff. That’s why infection control procedures are in place at your dental office. What about the new coronavirus?

It is very understandable to be concerned about the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Please know that the precautions your dentist already takes every day to prevent the spread of infection in his or her practice also helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you are ill with flu-like symptoms, you should reschedule your appointment.

If you or someone you are in close contact with have recently traveled to one of the countries with large outbreaks of COVID-19 (China, Italy, Iran, South Korea) or if you have been exposed to someone else who was diagnosed with COVID-19 or who was quarantined as a precaution, wait 14 days until you see your dentist to make sure you have not caught the coronavirus.

If you are healthy, there’s no need to cancel your regularly scheduled dental appointment.

It’s important to know that the majority of people infected with the coronavirus experience flu-like symptoms and then recover. Most people do not develop serious respiratory complications.

Those most at risk of becoming seriously ill are elderly people and those with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease, among others. Children, thus far, have been largely unaffected.

Here are a few things you can do on your own to help keep yourself and those around you healthy:

  • Wash your hands frequently, or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes or nose to reduce the spread of germs.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow. Infections like the coronavirus spread through the tiny droplets in coughs and sneezes.
  • Stay home if you feel sick. If you have flu-like symptoms or otherwise feel unwell, stay home and rest. Call your dentist to reschedule your appointment for a later date. This will reduce the risk of spreading your illness.

Visit the CDC’s website for the latest information on COVID-19

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