Gingivitis and mild gum disease that is not treated can lead to more serious periodontal disease or periodontitis. The Center for Disease Control estimates that approximately half of adults over 30 have some level of periodontitis. Not only can periodontal disease lead to tooth loss, it can also affect your overall health. As part of our general dentistry treatments, our expert team at Preston Sherry Dental Associates offers effective periodontal therapy to treat periodontitis and protect your oral and overall health.
Gum Infection Treatment
Periodontitis starts with gingivitis or inflammation of the gums. When bacteria are allowed to collect around the teeth, a sticky substance known as plaque forms. If not removed through brushing and flossing, plaque hardens into tartar that is not removable through regular oral hygiene home care. Tartar formation is the beginning of gum infection and disease, causing the gums to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets that invite food particles and more bacterial growth. Without treatment, periodontal disease can lead to a severe immune response that deteriorates the gum tissue and to the release of dangerous bacteria into the blood stream.
Periodontal therapy begins with deep cleaning of the teeth and gums. Removal of tartar and disinfection of the gums is the beginning of gum infection treatment. You may be given a prescription for a special mouthwash or other medications that can help fight infection and heal the gums. If the periodontal disease is severe, you may need additional therapy.
Scaling and Root Planing
If the bacterial infection has proceeded down below the gum line to the roots of your teeth, your periodontal therapy may include scaling and root planing. This process provides a deeper, more intense cleaning that can remove the bacterial infection. When combined with home care and regular professional cleanings, it can be an effective treatment to stop periodontal disease and restore your oral health.
Periodontal disease is a serious condition that can affect your smile and put you at risk for serious health issues. Contact us today to begin periodontal therapy with our caring team at Preston Sherry Dental Associates.