Why Does My Dentist Use a Microscope for My Periodontal Treatment?
What you need to know about periodontal treatment and microscopes
You’ve been told you have periodontal disease and you need periodontal treatment. You’re worried about what’s involved and whether treatment can help you. You saw a microscope on the counter and wonder what that’s all about. Your dentists at Cosmetic, Implant, & Reconstructive Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland want you to know that the phase contrast microscope is the latest technology in the fight against periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in the plaque that attaches to your teeth. This bacteria starts to destroy the hard and soft tissue in your mouth, causing extensive damage to many areas of your mouth, including the:
- Gum tissue- also known as gingiva
- Cementum- the hard uppermost layer on the roots of your teeth
- Periodontal ligament- the strong ligament holding your teeth in place
- Alveolar bone- the bone housing your teeth
Your dentists at Cosmetic, Implant, & Reconstructive Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland use the phase contrast microscope to test the bacteria in your mouth, determining the amount and type of bacteria and harmful pathogens which might be present.
Once bacteria have been identified, antibacterial rinses and other medications can be used to control bacteria, the underlying cause of periodontal disease. Antimicrobials help reduce inflammation better than just conventional periodontal therapy alone.
Your dentists at Cosmetic, Implant, & Reconstructive Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland combine this antimicrobial therapy with non-surgical periodontal therapy. This includes scaling and root planing to clean out periodontal pockets and smooth tooth roots.
For more severe cases of periodontal disease that don’t respond to non-surgical therapy, periodontal surgery may be indicated. Periodontal surgery is performed to reposition gum tissue and eliminate periodontal pockets.
You are the most important partner in the fight against periodontal disease. You need to make sure you are eliminating plaque thoroughly by brushing after meals and at bedtime and flossing at least once daily. Electric or sonic toothbrushes can be a helpful addition, as well as floss tools and other devices.
Your dentists at Cosmetic, Implant, & Reconstructive Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland want to help you fight periodontal disease by every means available, including phase contrast microscope technology. When it comes to your health, you deserve the best, so call today and get started on great periodontal health!