Periodontal Treatments for Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is a serious oral health condition that many people tend to overlook. It is more commonly referred to as “gum disease” and although it starts out as gingivitis, if left untreated it will lead to loss of your teeth.
Symptoms to watch for include:
- Swelling along the gumlines
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- A bad taste in your mouth
- Receding gumlines
- Food packing between your teeth
- Heavy tartar buildup or plaque
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease occurs when plaque biofilm enters under the gumlines and is not removed on a daily basis. It creates an infection that causes the gums to detach from the teeth, leaving a large pocket under the gums. Bone support is also destroyed.
At Speckman Dental, we offer in-house periodontal therapy to treat and eliminate symptoms of gum disease. During your exam, we will assess your periodontal condition to determine whether or not disease is present. If it is, we will recommend a series of deep cleanings to remove all loose and calcified bacteria from your tooth surfaces. During your deep cleanings, Dr. Speckman will numb the areas around the teeth to ensure your comfort.
If you have symptoms of gum disease – don’t ignore them. The condition can increase your susceptibility to health conditions like stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. Call Speckman Dental today. Be sure to ask about our advanced Laser Dentistry services to treat cold sores, drill-free fillings and gum recontouring.