Periodontal Treatments are Your Best Defense Against Gum Disease
Periodontitis or gum disease is fairly common. Once you have it, professional dental care is the only option to save your teeth. Periodontitis wreaks havoc on the bone that supports your teeth and surrounding gum tissue. If left untreated, losing those teeth is a definite possibility.
Periodontal treatment is focused on fighting the bacteria surrounding the affected teeth. If left unchecked, this bacteria could not only cause tooth loss but could also lead to heart disease.
Initial Examination & Diagnosis
To determine if you need periodontal treatment, your dental professional will take a series of focused diagnostic steps:
- History – You will be asked about your health habits. Drinking and smoking are factors that can help determine if you are at risk of periodontitis.
- Examination – A thorough examination of your teeth and gums will also help determine if you have periodontitis or are at risk of developing it.
- X-rays – A full series of dental x-rays may be necessary to determine if you have the disease and if so how much damage has been caused. This will help your dentist create a plan of action.
Diagnosis & Treatment
If your dentist determines that you may be at risk for periodontitis, some treatments can be implemented to prevent it, including laser scaling to remove tartar build-up beneath the gum line, antibiotics, and scraping tartar underneath the gum line.
For more information about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease, contact our offices today and schedule a consultation. We can offer real solutions to periodontitis that will help you keep your teeth and restore healthy gums.