Periodontal Treatment in Alpharetta GA
Do your gums bleed when you brush? Does bad breath linger long after you’ve rinsed with mouthwash? Bad breath and bleeding gums are just a couple of the symptoms of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). Visiting a dentist is the best way to evaluate your treatment options.
At Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry, we take the prevention and treatment of gum disease very seriously. Research conducted recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that almost half of adult Americans over the age of 30 have some form of periodontal disease. If it is not caught and treated in its early stages, gum disease can potentially lead to tooth loss and even impact your overall health.
The Two Stages of Gum Disease
Periodontal infection, commonly referred to as gum disease, attacks your gum tissue. This infection is caused by the build-up of plaque and bacteria on your teeth. There are two stages of gum disease:
Stage One – Gingivitis
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. As periodontal infection works its way into your gums, you may notice tender, swollen, or bleeding gums. In some cases, however, the symptoms of gingivitis may be so mild that they’re not apparent. Gingivitis is usually reversible if it is detected and treated early.
Stage Two – Periodontitis
At this stage, the infection in your gums has spread to your teeth, bones, and the connective tissue that holds your teeth in place. Pockets form between the gums and your teeth as the gum and bone separate from your teeth. These pockets collect bacteria and become infected, leading to loss of bone and tissue, loosening of the teeth, and even potential tooth loss.
Treating Periodontal Disease
The treatment our hygienist recommends for you depends on the general health of your teeth and the severity of the infection. For mild cases, a thorough cleaning with frequent follow-ups may be all that’s needed to get gum disease under control.
For more advanced cases, we’ll need to perform a deep cleaning procedure referred to as scaling and root planing. This involves thoroughly clearing away any bacteria, then smoothing the surface of the teeth to eliminate spots where they can collect.
The affected area will be irrigated with an antibacterial rinse to flush out any remaining bacteria and give you a fresh start. Our hygienist will recommend that you return in several weeks for a follow-up visit. She may also suggest scheduling more frequent cleanings in the future so we can stay a step ahead of the disease.
Call Today to Protect Your Oral Health
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent gum disease from occurring in the first place. With sound oral hygiene practices and regular appointments for dental cleanings and exams, you may never have to worry about periodontal disease!
The professional team at Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry looks forward to meeting you and helping you get the important dental care you need for a healthy smile. Please give us a call, and a friendly member of our team will be happy to assist you.