Periodontal dentistry deals with preventing, diagnosing, and treating periodontal disease (gum disease). This disease is a gum infection often caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar. Detecting and treating gum disease early is the best way to prevent gum recession, loose teeth, and permanent tooth loss.
Common symptoms associated with gum disease include:
Gum disease can contribute to jaw bone loss and permanent tooth loss if not treated. It’s also associated with medical problems like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Gum disease can happen to anybody, but some things increase your risk of developing it.
Having a chronic disease, poor oral hygiene habits, smoking, chewing tobacco, hormone changes, obesity, and recreational drug use can all contribute to periodontal disease. Other risk factors include inadequate nutrition, genetics, family history of gum disease, and taking specific medications.
To find out if you have gum disease or determine its severity, your Smile Dental provider reviews your oral health history, discusses your symptoms, examines your teeth and gums, and takes dental X-rays. They also measure the depth of your gum pockets.
Depending on the type and severity of your gum disease, Smile Dental specialists could recommend one of the following periodontal dentistry treatments:
During a deep dental cleaning, your provider offers scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach areas at or below your gumline. Your dentist might use state-of-the-art lasers to control bacterial growth and prevent future buildup.
Using antibiotics is another way to reduce bacterial growth associated with gum disease. Your Smile Dental specialist might recommend you try oral antibiotics, mouth rinses, or gels.
In severe cases of periodontal disease, your specialist may suggest you undergo surgery to restore gum or bone tissue.Don’t let gum disease grow into a severe oral health problem when simple periodontal dentistry solutions are at your fingertips. Schedule an appointment with Smile Dental by phone or book online.