Periodontal treatment is an investment in your health. Treating periodontal problems will help you achieve a healthy mouth and help prevent tooth loss. In fact, with prompt treatment, proper home care and regular dental visits, a great majority of patients can keep their teeth for a lifetime. After evaluating your periodontal health, Dr. Crawford and his hygienists will work with you to determine the treatment options that best meet your needs.
- Periodontal Treatment
- Maintenance Therapy
Gum disease, or periodontal disease is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. It is the major cause of about 70 percent of adult tooth loss, affecting three out of four persons at some point in their life. Periodontal diseases include gingivitis and periodontitis.Learn more »
If you have gum disease and have had scaling and root planing and/or periodontal surgery, the professional maintenance cleanings that will be recommended for you after those treatments are called periodontal maintenance therapy.
Performing daily oral hygiene at home is a must, but it is not enough to keep periodontal disease in check. Periodontal maintenance is more complex than a normal cleaning. Patients who have periodontal disease or a history of periodontal disease need a deeper cleaning because they have pockets between the teeth and gums, deeper than those found in a person with healthy gums.
After periodontal therapy, a patient will need more frequent visits than other patients because the gum pockets and other issues resulting from periodontal disease make it more difficult to clean plaque off the teeth, especially below the gum line.
Without continued maintenance, periodontal disease will progress and may drive the need for more aggressive periodontal treatment.
VELscope Enhanced Oral Cancer Screening
When caught early, oral cancers—those affecting the lip, mouth and upper throat—have a very high survival rate. However, many people do not notice symptoms in the early stages. This is why Dr. Crawford offers VELscope enhanced oral cancer screening to his patients. An advanced diagnostic tool, the VELscope resembles a small flashlight. The handheld scope emits a bright blue light. During an examination for oral cancer, Dr. Crawford or the hygienist directs the blue light into the patient's mouth. If suspicious cells are present, even under the surface, they will appear as irregular dark areas. When this occurs, the patient is scheduled for an OralCDx Brush Biopsy so that Dr. Crawford may obtain a sample of the suspicious cells.