Periodontal therapy refers to treatment options available for managing or eradicating the oral bacteria that cause gum disease. Gum disease is a progressive bacterial infection that can cause damage to the gums, teeth, and even bone tissue in the jaw.
Caught early, gum disease can be effectively treated. Left untreated, gum disease can develop into periodontitis and begin to cause complex oral health conditions such as tooth loss and bone deterioration.
Dunnellon dentist Dr. Carter Perkins has over 30 years of experience diagnosing and treating varying stages of periodontal disease. Routine dental checkups allow Dr. Perkins to identify the earliest signs of gum disease development.
Early diagnosis can prevent future damage to the health of the teeth, gums, and jaw bone. Dr. Perkins performs a thorough visual periodontal screening at every routine dental check-up, helping his patients to prevent and manage periodontal disease.
Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss?
Bleeding gums are the most noticeable sign that gum disease has begun to progress. Gum disease often goes undiagnosed until it has started to damage the health of the gums and teeth. Other signs of gum disease to be aware of are:
White or red lesions
Receding gum line
Loosening of teeth
Shifting of teeth
Left untreated gum disease has also been linked to a wide array of medical conditions. Gum disease is a common factor in patients with a higher chance of developing cardiovascular disease, inflammation, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure. For patients experiencing any of these health conditions, poor oral health can exacerbate symptoms and have a detrimental effect on disease management.
Conversely, these health concerns can also increase your risk of developing gum disease as a result of medications prescribed and their effects on your overall health and well-being.
Dr. Perkins works with patients on an individual basis to understand their unique health risks or medical conditions, offering personalized care to maintain a healthy smile.
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Periodontal Therapy What to Expect
Every visit to our Dunnellon, FL dentist office includes a thorough periodontal screening. Early diagnosis is essential for effective treatment and to prevent further deterioration of oral health. Dr. Perkins provides comprehensive and personalized periodontal therapy treatment options to help manage gum disease.
Treatment Options for Gum Disease
Perkins Dentistry offers periodontal therapy treatment options for disease management. We also offer restorative dental procedures, dental implants, and cosmetic treatments to help restore total oral health.
Oral Hygiene- Brushing and flossing are the best defense against gum disease. Our dental care team may make personalized recommendations for improving your oral health habits and techniques. Dr. Perkins will also encourage all patients to visit the dentist for dental cleanings at least twice a year. Patients with periodontal disease may benefit from more frequent teeth cleanings.
Scaling & Root Planing- Scaling and root planing is an extensive and thorough teeth cleaning procedure. Dr. Carter will use special tools to scrape the gums, deep gum pockets, and teeth clean of bacteria.
Periodontal Surgery- In advanced cases of periodontitis bone or gum grafting may be necessary to restore the health and function of the patient’s smile. Dr. Carter may recommend patients to a local periodontist for their best treatment plan.
Gum disease is the inflammatory response to the disease-causing bacteria. It is possible to pass gum disease bacteria to others, but poor oral hygiene is what generally causes gum disease. It is important to note that many dentists believe that parents can pass the disease-causing bacteria to their children. The American Dental Association recommends not sharing your eating utensils with your kids.
Yes. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss. Gum disease causes inflammation of the gums causing them the gums to pull away from the teeth. The teeth are less supported and are more susceptible to falling out. Early treatment of gum disease can prevent tooth loss associated with the disease from occurring.
If gum disease is treated in the earliest stage, gingivitis, a thorough teeth cleaning can reverse the progression of the disease. If left to progress, it becomes more difficult to reverse or eradicate gum disease-causing bacteria. However, Dr. Carter provides treatment options that can restore the health and function to the bite and smile and manage future bacterial growth.