Creating Solutions for Periodontitis
Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease of the surrounding tooth structures. It is caused by bacteria which collect between the teeth and gums. When the bacterium is not removed by brushing and flossing, plaque collects and forms a hard, uneven substance on your teeth. Over time, gums become red, swollen and are prone to bleeding. If the problem is not addressed, the inflammation can destroy the fibers that anchor your teeth to your jawbone and bone loss will follow. Natural tooth attachment consists of three basic elements: The tooth root, the jawbone and tiny fiber bundles that connect the root to the jawbone. Without these fibers and bone, your teeth will loosen and could eventually be lost.
One way to promote tissue regeneration is the application of Emdogain - a biology-based product which promotes the re-growth of hard and soft tissues lost due to periodontal disease. Emdogain has been used in nearly half a million patients worldwide. It helps your body begin to rebuild the natural attachment that is required to support your teeth. Following treatment, the reformation of tooth attachment begins and can continue for more than a year. Regular visits to your dental professional will ensure positive and long-lasting results.
How do I know if tissue regeneration is right for me?
Tissue regeneration might be the right treatment for you if you suffer from periodontitis or recession defects. Common symptoms of periodontitis include bleeding and/or red gums, bad breath and loose teeth. You may find that it is uncomfortable to brush around your gum line and notice that your gums are red and tender. Recession defects occur when the gum recedes and partially exposes the tooth root. Recession defects are not normally associated with periodontitis or infections. Extremely vigorous tooth brushing can cause recession defects.
If you have any of these symptoms or are having other dental complaints, make an appointment to visit your dental professional to talk about possible treatment options.
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How does the application of Emdogain work?
What results can I expect after the procedure?
Week 1: Avoid brushing the treated area and do not eat hard or crispy foods. Be sure to rinse with the special mouth rinse prescribed by your dental professional. The rinse will reduce the presence of bacteria in your mouth as well as reduce redness and swelling of your gums.
Week 2 - 6: During this time your stitches will be removed. Continue to use the mouth rinse prescribed by your dentist. Usually six weeks after the surgery you should be able to start brushing the teeth in the treated area. Be sure to brush only the fronts and backs of the teeth and not the spaces between the teeth. Your dentist can give you more information on brushing and also let you know if flossing is appropriate at this time.
Month 2 - 12: You will continue to visit your dentist to monitor your progress.
Month 12 and beyond: Continue to visit your dentist on a regular basis for oral hygiene maintenance