Our office can diagnose and treat you for periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is one of the main causes of adult tooth loss. Preventing gum disease requires regular visits to the dentist and vigorous teeth cleaning efforts. However, sometimes periodontal disease can occur despite your honest efforts. Dr. Robertson can help you win the fight with periodontal disease. He can help you select the best treatment plan to restore your mouth’s healthy balance and save your gums and teeth. Call us to schedule an examination as quickly as possible.
Periodontal disease is often characterized by gums that easily bleed. If your gums bleed with little or no provocation, then you may have this disease. Red, tender or swollen gums could also indicate periodontal disease. Additionally, if you have constant bad breath, separating teeth, or strange tastes in your mouth, then you may be suffering from periodontal disease. Leaving periodontal disease untreated can lead to severe problems in your bones and jaw. Often, especially if you smoke cigarettes or use tobacco, periodontal disease can be very severe even with no symptoms or bleeding. The only way to know if you have the disease is with a thorough examination.
You have a number of options for treatment, and these options depend on the degree of periodontal disease. The dentist can perform a scaling procedure early in the process. Scaling is the removal of plaque and tartar (calculus) from the gum line. The dentist may also conduct a root planing procedure. Root planing is a procedure that will prevent your gum pockets from getting worse. The dentist will remove all existing bacteria from your gums. After the root planing procedure, the dentist may prescribe you antibiotics or pain relievers so that your gums can properly heal.
Several surgical procedures are available for advanced cases of periodontal disease. Dr. Robertson will often refer you to a periodontist for this treatment. Dr. Robertson will only refer you to the most competent, carefully selected specialist available. You may need gum surgery or bone grafting if your tissue is severely damaged due to periodontal disease.
The best thing you can do is try to avoid periodontal disease altogether. Your teeth cleaning efforts should include flossing once per day and brushing twice per day. You should drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated. You may also use antiseptic mouthwash because it reduces the amount of bacteria in your mouth. Keeping your routine cleaning visits to our office will help to prevent periodontal disease. Even if you cannot prevent it, we can still detect it early enough for an effective solution to minimize the risk of losing your teeth.
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