Therapeutic Dentistry Services
Early detection and treatment of periodontal, or “gum”, disease is very important. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gum, underlying bone, and the mouth’s supportive structures, and is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. The goals of periodontal treatment and therapeutic dentistry at Alliance Family Dental are to prevent gum disease from spreading and permanently damaging tissues, which will also help to prevent tooth loss. Initial treatment may involve the removal of plaque and tartar both above and below the gum line via a procedure known as root planing and scaling. This deep cleaning of the gums makes it harder for plaque to stick to the teeth and is very effective at keeping your gums healthy.
During root planing and scaling, antibiotics may be given to kill bacteria and stop infection. Dr. Barber, our skilled Fayetteville, NC dentist, may apply antibiotics directly to the gums, or may prescribe one to be taken orally. Surgery may be needed if these treatments are not able to control the infection, or if severe damage to the gums or teeth has already taken place. Dr. Barber will evaluate the condition of your gums before recommending the most suitable treatment plan.
We, at Alliance Family Dental, always strive to preserve a tooth from extraction. However, there are times when it is necessary to have a tooth removed or extracted. Broken or extensively decayed teeth, advanced gum disease, malpositioned or non-functional teeth are all reasons for a therapeutic removal of a tooth or teeth. Sometimes teeth are pulled for orthodontic reasons (braces).
Dr. Barber will make every effort to save your teeth, to avoid the shifting of teeth that can occur when the loss of a tooth creates an empty space. Sometimes this shifting is significant enough to cause problems. Any alignment changes that occur can have a major impact on your dental health. Removing even a single tooth can lead to problems associated with chewing ability or jaw joint function. Moreover, teeth with alignment change can become traps for food or be harder to clean thoroughly; thus, placing them at greater risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
Whatever your dental needs are, Dr, Barber and the staff at Alliance Family Dental can expertly assess your needs for good oral health. Call us today at 910-868-4664 and let us be your partners in Fayetteville for achieving healthy teeth and gums!