Do your gums feel tender or bleed when brushing and flossing? Is bad breath such a problem for you that it won't go away even with brushing and mouthwash?
These are both signs of periodontal disease, an infection that attacks the structure that supports your teeth, including your gums and jawbone. Unfortunately, millions of people suffer from periodontal disease, the number one cause of tooth loss in American adults over the age of thirty.
Periodontal disease (gum disease) can become a severe problem and requires prompt treatment to protect your oral health. Countless studies now show that gum disease is not just a problem that affects your teeth and gums. There’s a definite relationship between chronic gum disease and health problems like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, dementia, and pregnancy complications.
At Pruce Dental, we put your needs first. Our goal is to create an environment of mutual trust by getting to know you and understanding what's important to you. We will work with you to address any current problems and reduce the risk of developing additional problems in the future.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease is an infection that attacks the gums and bones that support your teeth. The infection starts when plaque and tartar sit on your teeth and attract bacteria that collect on the roots below the surface of the gums.
When your gums become infected, your body tries to fight the infection, which causes swollen and bleeding gums. As it progresses, it will eventually destroy your bone and cause your gums to recede, resulting in tooth loss.
Treatment for Periodontal Disease
Unfortunately, we can't replace the bone that's lost due to advanced periodontal disease. But we can keep it from getting worse by removing all traces of the infection and giving you back your healthy, attractive smile.
We will plan your treatment based on your current health and the severity of the infection. In the case of mild gum disease, a thorough cleaning and follow-up treatments may be all that’s need to control your gum disease.
If the infection is more serious, we will typically recommend a deep cleaning that is referred to as scaling and root planing.
During this procedure, plaque and tartar are skillfully removed from above and below the gum line. Next, we smooth the surface of the root to help promote healing and prevent bacteria from reattaching. An oral or topical antibiotic is often recommended to ensure that all traces of infection are eliminated.
If you practice good oral hygiene and schedule regular dental cleanings, periodontal disease may never be a problem for you. But if it's been a while since your last cleaning, we encourage you to give us a call to arrange an appointment.
We're Here to Help!
At Pruce Dental, you don't have to worry that we'll judge you by the current condition of your teeth. Our goal is to make your dental care easier, not harder! We see each visit as a fresh opportunity to help you and your family enjoy the best possible oral health.
Please give us a call, and a friendly member of our team will be happy to assist you in arranging an appointment.