At South Point Family Dentistry, we have a number of ways to effectively diagnose and treat any periodontal (gum) disease. This attacks the gums and bone that support your teeth. Gum disease leads to plaque and then tartar, which can cause major damages to your mouth. Symptoms of periodontal disease include red, swollen and bleeding gums, as well as loose teeth, tenderness and overall discomfort.
Dangers of Waiting for Treatment
If you believe you may have gum disease, schedule an appointment
at South Point Family Dentistry right away. Gum disease is cited as the #1 cause of tooth loss and there may be links between it and numerous other serious health issues.
Professional Diagnosis and Examination
An examination for periodontal disease should always be part of your routine dental checkup. If you do indeed have gum disease, our experienced dental staff will diagnose you for one of three types: gingivitis, periodontitis or advanced periodontitis.
Appropriate Treatment for Gum Disease
The appropriate method for periodontal disease depends on the type that you have been diagnosed with, as well as its severity. If the disease is caught early enough, one or two regular cleanings will likely be
When gum disease has progressed to an advanced stage, a special cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing is recommended. This procedure removes tartar, plaque and toxins from around your gumline and rough spots on root surfaces are smoothed out.
If the affected areas still do not heal, surgery may be necessary. You may also need to see a periodontist for further, specialized treatment.
Preventative Maintenance is Key!
Following your treatment, regular maintenance cleanings should be completed to prevent the return of any gum disease in the future. In addition to cleaning and evaluating your gums, your appointment will often include:
Examination of existing restorations
Examination of tooth decay
Oral cancer screening
Oral hygiene recommendations
Call today to schedule an exam to determine how we can help you and your smile. Don't put it off another day!
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About South Point
The award-winning South Point Family Dentistry has been serving the dental needs of the Belmont and Mount Holly,
Our locally owned and operated practice offers you FREE
cleanings and checkups with your dental insurance.
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