What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
Also known as gum disease, it is a chronic infection that can become painful and destroy the bone that supports your teeth. Eventually, so much bone may be lost that your teeth will become loose, and in severe cases, have to removed. Periodontal disease cannot be cured, it can only be maintained.
What are the symptoms?
- Your gums may bleed when you floss or brush
- Your gums may be soft, swollen, and tender
- Your gum may start to pull away from your teeth
- Your teeth may become loose
- You may have persistent bad breath
- You may have no symptoms at all
What are the Treatments?
- Scaling and Root Planing : this procedure removes plaque, tartar, and bacterial toxins from the tooth surfaces below the gum line. To keep patients comfortable, we usually numb the area beforehand. View the video below from the American Dental Association about this type of gum treatment.
2. Frequent appointments every 3-4 months (“periodontal maintenance” appointments)
3. In some more severe cases, we will recommend a referral to a gum specialist. (Periodontist)
We do not recommend delaying treatment because although periodontal disease is incurable, it is still treatable. Our goal with periodontal treatment at Door Creek Dental is to help you save your smile.