Periodontal (Gum) TreatmentOur Services
A Progressive, Silent Problem
Periodontal disease can be a silent problem, as it often occurs progressively, without causing you pain. Nonetheless, it is a disease that requires the proper treatment to control. In recent years, the links between periodontal health and general health have garnered attention, underscoring the importance of this aspect of dentistry.
Problems with the periodontal tissues (the gums and bone that support your teeth) start with gingivitis. This is the reversible, first stage of periodontal problems. There is no irreversible gum or bone damage at this stage. Typical signs of gingivitis are gums that are red and bleed easily, and you may also experience bad breath due to gingivitis. Typically, with a professional teeth cleaning and improved oral hygiene habits at home, gingivitis can be eliminated, and the tissue can return to a healthy state. If left untreated, it can progress to periodontal disease (periodontitis).
Periodontal Disease (Periodontitis)
If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontal disease. This is a condition in which pockets form around the teeth. These pockets are the result of plaque and bacteria forming below the gum line. These areas become inflamed and infected, leading to further loss of gum tissue and bone that supports the teeth. In severe cases this can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease is treated initially by scaling and root planing, or a “deep cleaning”. The dentist numbs the tissue in the areas being treated, and plaque is then removed from under the gum line. We do some periodontal deep cleanings here at Waters Family Dentistry. In more severe cases we may refer you to a periodontist, a specialist in treating periodontal disease. Gum surgery may be needed in some more severe cases.