Periodontal Exams

Dr. Santilli has experience diagnosing and treating periodontal disease ranging from gingivitis to severe periodontal disease. At preventative care visits, regular periodontal exams will be completed to emphasize periodontal disease prevention. Any disease of the gums can cause long-term damage to the teeth and bone that support them. Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. To combat this issue, schedule regular visits with us for early detection and best possible prognosis.

There are numerous factors that put you at risk to develop gingivitis or periodontal disease, including the following:

  • Irregular dentist visits/poor dental hygiene
  • Chronic and untreated infections
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Maligned teeth
  • Tobacco use
  • Genetics

If you notice symptoms that may indicate you have developed gum disease such as: sore or bleeding gums, frequent bad breath and mouth sores, schedule an appointment to see Dr. Santilli for a thorough examination.

Periodontal Disease Treatment

The first treatment recommended for patients who have gum disease is scaling and root planing, or periodontal therapy. During periodontal therapy, one of our skilled hygienists will remove plaque, tartar, and bacterial buildup from diseased pockets beneath the gumline. The root surface of the tooth is then smoothed to allow the gum tissue to reattach to the healthy tooth. After three months, the area is reexamined to ensure the tissue has healed properly. If further treatment is required, we will go over all options at this time. For those who are weary of dental work, we have the option of using local anesthesia and nitrous oxides (laughing gas) to reduce discomfort during a periodontal therapy procedure.

Offering a unique and gentle approach to dental care, Dr. Santilli and his team of caring professionals take the time to perform procedures correctly and educate patients on proper homecare. If healing is not at an acceptable level after the therapeutic cleaning, we provide referrals to one of the area’s top periodontists.

Contact us to Make an Appointment

Diley Ridge Dental is conveniently located to serve Canal Winchester, Pickerington, Groveport, Lancaster, and their surrounding communities.