Periodontal Therapy – Doylestown, PA
Stop the Damages of Gum Disease
Next to tooth decay, gum disease in Doylestown is equally threatening to your smile. Although it’s preventable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 50% of adults have a form of the infection, making it the leading cause of tooth loss. Not only can it wreak havoc on your smile, but also your general health. Thankfully, we can provide the quick intervention you need with periodontal therapy. We can stop the infection and save your smile with a personalized treatment plan.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum (periodontal) disease is an infection that occurs in the gingival tissue from bacteria found in plaque and tartar buildup. It can be avoided with the right oral hygiene habits at home and routine preventive dental services. Unfortunately, many people skip brushing and flossing or delay seeing their dentist regularly. As a result, tartar accumulates near the gumline which harbors bacteria that irritates and infects the tissue.
The earliest stage of the infection (gingivitis) can be treated quickly without causing any long-term damage; however, many people don’t recognize the warning signs. If gum disease isn’t treated, it will destroy the supporting structures of your teeth, ultimately leading to tooth loss.
Advanced stages of the infection will require an aggressive treatment plan to prevent additional damage. The bacteria can also enter your bloodstream, increasing your risk of several health concerns, such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetic complications.
What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Gum disease can cause a variety of symptoms, such as:
- Bleeding gums
- Red, swollen gums
- Gum recession
- Pus near the roots of the teeth
- Chronic bad breath
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Tooth loss
What is Periodontal Therapy?
Periodontal therapy is used to restore your gum health using a customized treatment plan. After an initial consultation, we’ll recommend one or more options, which can include:
Scaling & Root Planing
Also known as a deep cleaning, the two procedures are commonly used to treat the infection. Scaling involves using a special dental instrument to remove tartar from above and below the gumline to remove the bad bacteria. After the teeth are cleaned, another dental instrument is used for root planing. The root surfaces are smoothed to allow the gum tissue to reattach to the teeth to discourage the infection from reoccurring.
Besides scaling and root planing, we may also recommend antibiotic therapy. We will apply an antibiotic to the gum tissue, which will dissolve slowly to distribute the medication over a certain length of time. This can help protect you during your recovery from scaling and root planing to restore your gum health.
Reinstate a Healthy Smile
If you have swollen or bleeding gums, don’t ignore the early signs of gum disease. We have the solutions you need to treat the infection to invest in a healthy mouth and body. If you have symptoms of gum disease, don’t wait. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for periodontal therapy.