Periodontal Treatment in Alpharetta GA
Do your gums feel tender or inflamed? Do they bleed when you brush? Is bad breath persistent – even after using mouthwash? These are all are common symptoms of gum disease or periodontal disease.
At Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry, we take the prevention and treatment of gum disease very seriously. It is estimated that nearly half of American adults over the age of 30 have some level of gum disease. If it is not caught and treated early, gum disease can potentially lead to tooth loss and even impact your overall health.
Stages of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that slowly destroys gum tissue and the supporting structures of your teeth. The infection is the result of plaque buildup and bacteria on your teeth. There are two stages of gum disease:
The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. The most noticeable symptoms of gingivitis are inflamed, swollen, or bleeding gums. However, there may be no symptoms at all or they may be so mild that you don’t notice them. If we catch gingivitis soon enough, it is usually reversible.
The most severe stage of gum disease is periodontitis. At this point, the infection in your gums has spread to the bone and 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. Called periodontal pockets, they give bacteria a place to collect and cause an infection that can lead to loss of tissue and bone, loose teeth, and even potential tooth loss.
Treating Periodontal Disease
Our hygienist will recommend the treatment that’s appropriate for the general condition of your teeth and the level of infection. Gingivitis is the mildest stage of gum disease and is often controlled with a comprehensive cleaning followed by more frequent dental cleanings.
As gum disease advances, it becomes periodontitis. In this case, we recommend scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning procedure that involves clearing away bacteria and smoothing the root surfaces of your teeth to remove rough spots where bacteria can collect.
Your hygienist will irrigate the affected area with an antibacterial rinse to wash away any remaining bacteria and give you a fresh start. We typically recommend that you schedule your next appointment in a few weeks so we can monitor the situation. More frequent cleanings in the future may be needed to stay a step ahead of the disease.
Call Today to Protect Your Oral Health
Gum disease is very common, but the good news is that it’s also highly preventable! By establishing proper at-home oral hygiene practices and keeping up with routine dental exams and cleanings, you may never have to worry about developing gum disease!
Our team at Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry would love to meet you so we can help you get the high-quality oral health care you need for a healthy smile. Please call our office and a friendly member of our team will be happy to help you schedule an appointment.