Soft Tissue Management
Soft Tissue Management® is an organized system created for the early detection, diagnosis, non-surgical treatment, and maintenance of the inflammatory phase of periodontal disease. Our Soft Tissue Management® program also includes the early detection of premalignant changes of the oral tissues as related to oral cancer.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infectious and inflammatory disease that destroys the periodontal tissues. These tissues consist of the gums and the bone that support the teeth. It is a gum and bone disease caused by a growing colony of living bacteria called “plaque” or “biofilm.” The greatest cause of adult tooth loss is periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease affects 3 out of 4 adults. The effects of periodontal disease reach far beyond the oral cavity; there is evidence indicating the bacterium that causes periodontal disease can damage beyond the oral cavity and may be associated with other health issues such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
In the early stages of periodontal disease there is little or no pain; therefore the signs and symptoms such as puffiness and bleeding may go unnoticed. Without thorough removal, toxins from biofilm cause the disease to worsen. Periodontal disease left untreated may result in extensive bone destruction and possible tooth loss.
Proper early diagnosis and treatment in conjunction with correct home care can control and manage the periodontal disease process. Timely diagnosis and treatment of the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease is the purpose of our Soft Tissue Management® system.
- Gingival (gum) tissue that does not bleed
- Gingival tissue that is not red, swollen, or tender
- Fresher breath and overall taste in mouth
- Reduced pocket depths
- Control of the periodontal disease
- Teach methods to effectively maintain good oral hygiene
The area between the top of the tissue and the bone surrounding the tooth is referred to as the pocket. This area is measured using a small ruler type instrument called a probe. When infected, the tissue pulls away from the tooth and bleeds easily. Measuring pocket depth provides an indication as to the amount of bone loss around each tooth.
- Scaling and root planing focuses on removing plaque, calculus, and stain from the tooth surface above and below the gumline. Root planing focuses on eliminating calculus or tartar and biofilm below the gumline by detoxifying the root surfaces where the disease occurs. In combination with scaling and root planing, the use of medicaments to flush or irrigate the pocket areas allows for a healthy reattachment of tissue to the root surfaces.
- The hygienists are specially trained to use ultrasonic instruments, irrigation, laser bacterial reduction and desensitization to provide the most effective modes to treat the disease process comfortably.
- Complete the Soft Tissue Management® program as prescribed by your dentist
- Thorough cleaning of all tooth surfaces, twice daily
- Regular re-care visits at Yorkville Village Dental
- Commitment to improve your health!