The most common form of periodontal disease is due to the chronic inflammation that is caused by an accumulation of bacterial tartar and plaque in the in the tissues that surround the teeth. These irritants can destroy the gum tissue and even the bone structure and ligaments that stabilize the teeth. However, there are other forms of periodontal disease, some of which are related to health problems or bite problems.
The type of periodontal disease (also called gum disease) and the severity of the condition can vary significantly in different individuals. As such, the treatment methods for this disease can also vary accordingly. Our dental team can perform a periodontal evaluation for you, followed by a recommendation for the appropriate treatment solution.
Periodontal Disease: Signs and Symptoms
- Red, bleeding, or tender gums
- Loose teeth or teeth that do not feel strong
- Widening spaces or gaps between the teeth
- Persistent or unmanageable bad breath
- Pus or a bad taste from the teeth and gums
- Receding or irregular gumline
- Visible plaque or tartar buildup along the gumline
Periodontal Disease Treatment Solutions
The earliest stage of periodontal disease, known as gingivitis, can sometimes be controlled with a thorough dental cleaning and an improved home maintenance strategy.
The more advanced stages of the disease may require an extensive periodontal cleaning such as scaling and root planing. Often referred to as a deep cleaning, this procedure may be performed under local anesthesia in one section of the mouth at a time. Scaling and root planing is designed to eliminate the toxins and irritants along the gumline and the roots of the teeth in order to halt tissue damage and promote healing.
Periodontal surgery can be performed after the scaling and root planing procedure for the most severe forms of periodontal disease.
Your Periodontal Consultation
To assist you in improving your oral health, we must first perform a complete periodontal evaluation. To schedule a consultation and to find out which treatment choices are most appropriate for you, please contact our office today.