Gentle Periodontal Treatment to Improve Your Oral & Overall Health
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 periodontal treatment 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 enough treatment.
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:
- Diagnostic x-rays
- Examination of existing restorations
- Examination of tooth decay
- Oral cancer screening
- Oral hygiene recommendations
- Teeth polishing
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, do not wait. Early periodontal treatment can reduce discomfort, save your teeth, and improve the look of your smile. Call us at (704) 825-5111 or request an appointment online to learn more.