Gum Disease Treatment From Billings, MT Dentist – Dr. Stuart
Gum disease is commonly found among patients of all ages. It is a widespread affliction that can affect almost anyone, even if you brush and floss regularly. The best way to avoid the problems caused by gum disease or periodontal disease is to visit our Billings, MT Dentist, Dr. Stuart and one of our hygienists on a regular schedule for cleanings and exams. These visits are usually scheduled for twice a year, or every six months. In addition to your professional cleanings, it is important to keep up with your dental care at home. Being educated on the cause, gum disease treatment and prevention allows you to avoid major dental problems in the future.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or periodontitis, is the infection of the tissue surrounding your teeth. This tissue, your gums, support and protect your teeth. Infection of this tissue can be detrimental for your teeth. It oftentimes goes unnoticed and undiagnosed because it can be a painless affliction – you may not even know you have it unless your dentist detects it.
Gum disease can cause your gums to be painful, swell, bleed, and otherwise feel uncomfortable. However, it often does not produce any symptoms at all. If you have any of these symptoms, you should see a doctor right away for treatment.
This widespread affliction is the number one reason why an adult would lose a tooth. Gum disease is caused by bacteria build-up on or in between your teeth and gums. This buildup is especially problematic in hard-to-reach places such as in between crowded front teeth or around molars. The infection in your gums can eventually spread to your jaw bone and cause it to deteriorate, eliminating the proper support needed to hold the root of your tooth. When this happens, the tooth or teeth in the affected area can become loose or even fall out! Periodontitis can be detrimental to the overall health of your mouth as well as your appearance.
How Is Gum Disease Treated?
Laser is the only tool available to us at this point in time where we can physically get to the base of a deep pocket, periodontal disease being the loss of bone in supporting tooth structure. The old typical way of doing it – I shouldn't say old, it's still standard of care – is the scaling and root planing of those tooth surfaces in order to remove the plaque, the tartar, the bacterial content that's causing the disease. However, biologically or microbiologically, there are still millions of bacteria in the base of that pocket that are going to breed and come and constantly be another source of problem for you.
What we do, is we incorporate traditional accepted standard of care procedures and then we add the laser to it. The laser tip, we can bring that laser tip down into a pocket, and it's radial firing, meaning that the tip, it will fire in a 360 pattern, instead of just at the tip of the laser. That laser energy will kill every bug in the area. Literally, we're not just disinfecting those pockets by removing it, or removing the debris with hand scaling, we're also, literally, sterilizing the pockets with our laser. That gives the body more time to heal, and more time to bounce back from that.
We will still use, I've also found that by using, sometimes we have to go to surgery, we have to use a surgical techniques. I've also found that by using conventional, traditional standard of care surgical techniques in periodontal disease, and then adding the laser to it that literally sterilize my surgical field as I go, we get better healing, we get less post-operative discomfort, and we get much, much better end results.
If the presence of an infection is detected, there are many ways we can treat the problem. A routine dental cleaning can take care of small infection, but moderate infections will need to be treated by a process called scaling and root planing. This process is a deep cleaning done with a laser that is used to remove buildup from underneath your gums. This gum disease treatment might also be used in combination with prescription-strength mouthrinses or antibiotics to knock out the infection. If the problem is more severe, it may require surgery. However, you shouldn’t worry because we can do all of that right here in our comfortable office. Regardless of the severity, we will cater the treatment plan to your situation. Your needs come first.
If you know or want to know if you need gum disease treatment, please call our Billings, MT dentist office right away at (406) 794-3114 or use our online form to make an appointment. Let us help you have the healthiest mouth possible.
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If your kids don’t like to go to the dentist, try Dr. Stuart. Our kids love him and his team. We just visited them yesterday for our 6 month checkup and cleaning, and Brianne was awesome! When I was a kid, the dental hygienist was a lumberjack – but not Brianne, she’s very professional and mindful of each of us. I have sensitive teeth and gums, and my visit with Dr. Stuart and his team was relaxing and easy. And the receptionist Lisa is so great, she always has a smile and positive attitude…so refreshing to have a dentist like Dr. Stuart. We have been going to Dr. Stuart for over 10 years, give him a try; you and your kids will notice the difference.
Our family found the way to Legacy Smiles in the midst of an ongoing yet undiagnosed dental crisis. Fortunately, Dr. Stuart aptly diagnosed the situation and promptly referred me to an oral surgeon to bring immediate relief. Since then, our family continues to be blessed by the genuine empathy and compassion Dr. Stuart has for his patients. He openly addresses any worries or fears we have, always in an informative and respectful manner. We encounter the same high standard of care with all of the staff at Legacy Smiles. Any treatment concerns or financial issues are courteously and promptly addressed and resolved. Dr. Stuart and Legacy Smiles provide the finest professional dental services with incomparable personal care!
Thank you, Dr. Stuart, for the senior discount on the dental work you have done for Vern and me. We’re also sending ‘kudos’ for you as well as your professional and competent staff – Lisa is a gem! It has been a pleasure interacting with all of you through the years. You and Cheryl are a good team… you’re ‘easy on the mouth’!
I wanted to thank you for the excellent service and experience I receive each time I come to your office. I appreciate the warm welcome, the time you spend explaining the procedures, and the personal touch you give. You always go the extra mile and have been a wonderful blessing to my family.
My family and I have been patients of Dr. Stuart for approximately 10 years. First I established dental care, then I quickly realized my children were of age to begin dental care as well. Dr. Stuart and his team have always been amazing to work with. I have 3 children ages 14, 10, and 5. Not one of them is fearful or frightened to go to the dentist. In fact, my 10-year-old just realized this year that she is actually “getting a shot” when she comes in for dental maintenance. She got her first filling at age 4! We are treated professionally, and they are always accommodating to our scheduling needs. I have frequently recommended friends or family to Legacy Smiles and Dr. Stuart only to receive a personal thank you letter and gift as a thank you! Lisa is always on the ball with insurance claims and reminders. I just have to show up! Thank you Dr. Stuart and the team at Legacy Smiles! Your patient care and service has improved our dental health. We love you guys!
Looking for a dentist who will see you in a timely manner? How about listening to you about any fear, be they physical or financial, in a caring, friendly manner? Is taking time to explain a recommended dental procedure important? Don’t hesitate to call Dr. Michael Stuart at Legacy Smiles where you are a valued patient.
I love going to Legacy Smiles! All the staff are so friendly and make the experience a good one! I can’t wait for my next appointment!
I live in So. California and was once visiting Billings and needed to see a dentist. I tried out a few and finally settled on Dr. Stuart. He is simply the best! He extracted a lower wisdom tooth, and when the anesthetic wore off, there was no pain. Zero, zilch, nothing! He and his hygienist are also the only ones who know how to scale and plane my very sensitive mouth with no anesthetic and no pain. And all of them, including the office manager, are very pleasant and accommodating. I highly recommend them. And I, myself, scheduled my dental work for when I was going to be in Helena, MT, then drove 4 hours each way to see this very special dentist. Well worth your while to check him out.