Posts for tag: Periodontal Disease

By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
January 09, 2017
Category: Oral Health

If you've undergone treatment for periodontal (gum) disease, you know how involved it can be. After several sessions of plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) removal, your swollen, red gums finally begin to regain their healthy pink color.

But with gum disease, the battle may be over but not necessarily the war. If we don't remain vigilant, there's a high chance you'll experience a re-infection.

That's why periodontal maintenance (PM) is so important for gum disease patients after treatment. Plaque, the thin film of bacteria and food particles responsible for the infection, can grow again on your tooth surfaces as it did before. You'll have to practice diligent, daily brushing and flossing to curb that development.

But it's also important to keep up regular dental visits for advanced cleaning to remove hard to reach plaque and calculus. For most people that's usually twice a year, but for gum disease patients it could be up to four times a year, especially just after treatment. And there's more to these visits than cleaning.

Since our goal is to reduce the chances of re-infection as much as possible, we'll thoroughly examine your teeth, gums and any implants for signs of disease (we'll also include an oral cancer screening). We want to assess the health of your teeth and gums and to see how well you're doing hygiene-wise with plaque control.

If we find signs of gum disease, we'll discuss this with you and schedule a new round of treatment. The sooner we initiate treatment, the better your outcome. In some cases, we may perform procedures that make it easier to access and clean areas where plaque tends to build up.

Overall, we want to prevent the occurrence of any future disease and treat it as soon as possible if it re-occurs. Keeping up diligent PM will help ensure your gums continue to stay healthy.

If you would like more information on after care following periodontal (gum) disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
January 06, 2015
Category: Oral Health

You may have heard that after 30, your body begins to fall apart. While hopefully we all still have plenty of life left in us, the truth is that your oral health needs likely aren't the same after 30 as they were when you were younger. You start to see your Lexington family dentist at Thompson Lee & Chalothorn for different issues. Here are four common tooth problems you just might experience once you pass 30.

1. Periodontal Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of all Americans over 30 have periodontal disease. Periodontal Teeth Sensativitydisease can be moderate or severe, and it can result in symptoms as minor as mild inflammation or as severe as tooth loss. If you suspect you may have periodontal disease, a visit to your Lexington family dentist at Thompson Lee & Chalothorn can let you know for sure.

2. Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity may not seem like a serious issue, but for many Americans, extreme tooth sensitivity can significantly impact their quality of life. If hot chocolate makes you wince and you can't handle ice cream at all, a trip to Thompson Lee & Chalothorn may be in order. Whether your tooth is chipped or your roots are exposed, your Lexington family dentist can help you get the treatment you need.

3. Dry Mouth

Chronic dry mouth is often caused by certain medications, though it can be caused by an underlying disease or condition as well. If you suffer from chronic dry mouth, you will want to visit Lexington family dentist at Thompson Lee & Chalothorn to find the cause in case your dry mouth is a symptom of a more serious issue.

4. Missing Teeth

If you knew how many people around you had missing teeth, you would likely be very surprised. Thanks to modern day dental procedures such as dentures, implants and bridges, it is very possible to restore your beautiful smile so no one ever has to know your teeth were missing. If a beautiful smile sounds great to you, call Lexington family dentist at Thompson Lee & Chalothorn to ask about your treatment options today!

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