Periodontal Health - Dr. Michael Dagostino, D.D.S.
Newsletter for September 2007
Summer is on it's way out, the Tribe is still in first place, and the
Browns...well, that's another story. My staff and I hope that all our
students have a wonderful academic year, full of great learning
Periodontal disease is where the gums, jaw bone, attachment ligaments,
and roots of the teeth are in an unhealthy state. This disease is usually
without signs or symptoms and can often go unnoticed. The treatment of
periodontal disease can be surgical or non-surgical.
The non-surgical treatment is called root planing and scaling. This
term describes the procedure where a patient is anesthetized with a local
anesthetic, and the root and crowns of the teeth are cleaned with hand
instruments and ultrasonic devices. This will remove all the tartar,
calculus, and bacterial accretions (deposits). The process allows the
tissues that surround the teeth to reestablish a healthy relationship with
the roots of the teeth.
Our treatment protocal is based on a large study performed by that
school up north (the one that has not won a football game this season).
This deep cleaning (physical debridement) is combined with an oral
antibiotic and a prescription strength oral mouthwash. These adjuncts help
eleminate the bacterias that cause periodontal disease and reestablish a
"healthy oral flora" of good bacteria. This philosophy also
incorporates the need to educate patients on how to maintain their oral
hygiene to sustain their healthy state. This process can have amazing
results in helping patients keep an intact dentition. Long term studies
have shown this process can often eliminate the need for surgical
If you or someone you love needs periodontal treatment please contact
our office for a complimentary consultation.
Michael W. Dagostino, DDS
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