Periodontal disease refers to an infection of the gums that can lead to bone and tooth loss, as well as create risks for other health problems. This gum disease is usually caused by a buildup up of bacteria around the teeth that creates plaque and tartar. Although preventable, once periodontal disease is present, it requires general dentistry treatment from a dental professional to stop the progression of infection.
Treatment for Periodontitis
At Sugar Creek Family Dental, our goal is to prevent periodontal disease or periodontitis whenever possible. However, since an estimated half of adults in the U.S. that are over thirty have some form of periodontal disease, we also offer effective periodontal therapy. Through the use of home and in-office treatments, we can help you control your gum disease and promote restored gum health.
Deep Cleaning, Scaling and Root Planing
When gum disease has accelerated to the point of periodontitis, the infection has usually progressed under the gum line. While routine cleanings remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the tooth above the gum line, periodontal therapy may require deep cleanings. This can entail scaling and planing the roots of the teeth, removing the source of infection and irritation to the gums. This procedure can be very effective in controlling, even reversing, gum disease, along with home treatments to help the gums heal and recover from the infection.
Periodontitis should be taken very seriously. This disease can attack the bone and tissues in your jaw, resulting in loosening teeth that may eventually be lost. The bacteria associated with this disease have also been linked to other health issues with the heart, as well as type 2 diabetes and pregnancy issues.
At Sugar Creek Family Dental, we can help you and your family prevent and treat periodontitis – contact us today to schedule your exam and periodontal therapy session.