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Periodontal Disease Management

Dental tools at Lowen PerioAt Lowen Perio, we focus on providing comprehensive management for periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease. Our expert team understands the impact of this prevalent oral health condition on the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. With a primary cause being the buildup of plaque, a bacterial film, on the teeth and gums, untreated periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and even contribute to systemic health issues. Through our specialized approach, we offer effective management strategies that encompass professional dental care, optimal oral hygiene practices, and necessary lifestyle adjustments. By embracing our proactive and consistent management plan, you can halt the progression of periodontal disease and safeguard your long-term oral health.

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Scaling and Root Planing

During your consultation, we will recommend the best course of treatment for you based upon your individual diagnosis. There are several methods of non-surgical periodontal therapy that are available, and the most common initial treatment is scaling and root planning.

Scaling is a cleaning procedure that removes plaque and calculus from the teeth at or slightly below the gumline. Root Planing removes deposits to the bottom of the pocket. The root surfaces are also smoothed which allows for tightening of the gum tissue and reduces the pocket depth. This type of treatment may be all that's needed, especially when periodontal disease is caught early.

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Periodontal Maintenance

After your initial treatment has been completed, a dental cleaning frequency will be recommended. For most patients, 3 – 4 month cleaning intervals for life are required to manage the disease process (which is more than the twice yearly cleanings that most people are familiar with). Save the investment you made in your health and reduce the need for surgical treatment (and costs) by compliance with a proper maintenance schedule.

Treating and preventing gum disease brings great health benefits. By retaining your natural teeth, you can chew more comfortably and enjoy better digestion. You can have a healthy smile, a natural asset to your appearance. You can save money and avoid discomfort by preventing future dental problems. For looking good and feeling good, nothing works better than your natural teeth.

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Periodontal Surgery

For some patients, surgical periodontal treatment may be indicated in additional to non-surgical treatment.

The following are some of the reasons why surgery might be necessary:
•  To clean and reduce periodontal pockets. You cannot keep deep pockets clean and free of plaque just by brushing and flossing alone. The pockets may also be too deep even for a dental professional to clean. Therefore, your periodontist may decide that surgery is necessary to remove plaque and calculus below the gumline. The gums are lifted away from the teeth to allow access for cleaning and smoothing of the tooth roots. Your periodontist will reduce the pocket and reposition the gums with stitches to minimize areas where disease-causing bacteria can hide.
•  To reshape damaged bone (osseous surgery). This procedure is completed to smooth the uneven or irregular surfaces of the damaged bone and to promote proper healing of the gum tissue.
•  To regenerate or "regrow" tissue (bone grafting or guided tissue regeneration). These techniques restore and strengthen the support of the teeth so they can function longer. There are many new technologies available to enhance bone regeneration.
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Contact Information:

9900 SW Greenburg Rd, Suite #230
Tigard, OR 97223-5473

503 620 1117


Mon: 7am-4pm
Tue: 7am-4pm
Wed: By Appointment
Thu: 7am-4pm
Fri: 7am-1pm

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