Too often people will ignore their body’s warning signs until it’s too late. When it comes to periodontitis, it’s that failure to get proper treatment in time that can lead to advanced infection and cause irreversible damage.
Dr. Horan, our board-certified Periodontist has years of experience in successfully treating patients with gum disease. When you visit 772 Implant, you receive prompt, effective treatment that lasts. Read on for more information about Periodontitis, and be sure to call us for an appointment today.
Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue in your mouth. This disease can destroy the bone that supports your teeth if left untreated. Failing to treat periodontitis will ultimately lead to tooth loss, and potentially other health issues.
People who have poor oral hygiene are the most at risk for periodontitis. Plaque can build up as a result of bacteria that forms when you don’t brush thoroughly or regularly. The bacteria will eventually add tartar to the plaque, making it likely for even more bacteria to grow.
Eventually, bacteria will settle and multiply in a pocket between your gum and the root of your tooth, which causes damage to the gums, teeth, and bone surrounding them.
Other factors that may lead to periodontitis include:
Painful, tender gums
Pain while chewing
Bleeding from your gums easily
Constant bad breath
Pus in between your teeth and gums
Loose teeth, or loss of teeth
It’s extremely important to call your dentist as soon as you notice any of the symptoms of periodontitis. Since this disease can have such a drastic effect on your teeth and your overall health, this is something to take seriously. Plus, when periodontitis is caught earlier, it’s much easier and less invasive to treat.
Review of your history: Your dentist will want to know if you have any medical conditions that make you more susceptible to gum disease.
Dental examination: Your doctor will examine your teeth, gums, and tongue for any signs of plaque or inflammation.
Measuring pocket depth: Your dentist will insert a dental probe beneath your gum line to measure the pocket between your gums and your teeth.
X-rays of your mouth: This tells your dentist whether you have areas of bone loss.
Professional Cleaning: The first line of defense in fighting periodontitis is scaling and root planing. In this treatment, your provider scrapes and removes plaque and tartar from your teeth and root surfaces. Then, they will smooth out the roughness on the roots to prevent bacteria from building up again.
Antibiotics: In some cases, you may require antibiotics to control your infection.
Surgery: Advanced periodontitis sometimes requires dental surgery, depending on the severity of the infection. Examples of surgical procedures for periodontitis include pocket reduction surgery, soft tissue grafts, bone grafts, tissue regeneration, and tissue-stimulating proteins.
Regular Appointments: It’s imperative to keep up with regular dental check-ups and cleanings after recovering from periodontitis. Your dental provider knows how to spot the earliest signs of periodontitis, and early treatment can save your teeth from a lot of damage and pain.
Good oral hygiene: When you brush your teeth, make sure you brush for two minutes, at least twice daily. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that will not irritate your gums and make them more vulnerable to infection. Also, flossing before you brush will loosen leftover food particles stuck to your teeth, which will then get brushed away.
Attend regular dental visits: Adhere to your dentist’s advice on how often to visit the office for cleanings. Regular cleanings and examinations will help to stave off infection.
If you have any of the symptoms for periodontitis, don’t hesitate to make an appointment. Early, high-quality treatment from a Board-Certified Periodontist is your best bet for taking care of this uncomfortable disease. Call 772 Implant today, and make the first step to being pain-free once and for all.