Periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease, has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, diabetes, premature birth, and other serious health conditions. The condition develops from a buildup of plaque along and under the gums that can lead to infection. Our experienced doctors also provide periodontal care to treat gum disease for patients in Valdosta, GA. Advanced Dental Care can help you regain your oral health and support your whole-body health if you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease.
Stages of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal conditions can range from mild gum inflammation to deep-seated infection. The disease begins when plaque, a sticky film that consists of bacteria and other particles, hardens into tartar on your teeth. Good at-home dental care reduces plaque, and professional cleanings and general care from our team remove tartar. If plaque and tartar is not cleaned from your teeth, it can lead to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums that is the first stage of gum disease.
Untreated gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, which causes the gum tissue to recede. Eventually, pockets can develop around the teeth and become infected as bacteria spreads beneath the gum line. In response, the bone and connective tissue holding the teeth in place can start to deteriorate. It is extremely important to seek effective periodontal treatment at this stage, or the affected teeth can fall out or need to be removed.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are vital to screen for early signs of periodontal disease, which often begins with no noticeable symptoms. Once these symptoms develop, they can include:
- Inflamed gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Gum recession
- Painful chewing
If you are experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease, it is imperative that you receive diagnosis and treatment from our doctors as early as possible.
The main goal of periodontal treatment is to clear the infection so that the gums can heal. When it is diagnosed early, periodontal disease can be treated by a member of our team with a professional hygienic cleaning. If your condition has advanced to periodontitis, the disease may be treatable with non-surgical therapy and medications.
The first step for treatment involves a deep cleaning above and below the gum line, and smoothing the tooth roots to help keep bacteria from gathering in the future. These steps are known as scaling and root planing. We used advanced technology including laser dentistry in the treatment of periodontal disease. We may also provide antibiotics to remove all infection.
Advantages of non-invasive laser periodontal treatment include precise targeting of the infected area, less bleeding and swelling, and lower risk of infection than traditional methods.
Advanced stages of periodontitis may require surgical treatments. We can provide complex treatment to remove all bacteria and infection. If you have suffered from widespread damage and tooth loss, they can also perform restorative procedures to repair or oral health for a lasting, healthy smile.
Benefits of Our Technology
Our doctors are dedicated to providing the most effective, comfortable treatment possible. With lasers, they can remove damaged tissue from around the affected tooth to help gum tissue regenerate. Advantages of non-invasive laser periodontal treatment include precise targeting of the infected area, less bleeding and swelling, and lower risk of infection than traditional methods. In addition, anesthetic is typically not required, and recovery and healing times are significantly reduced.
Restore Your Smile
Periodontal disease is a common oral condition that could seriously affect your overall health. However, it can be treated successfully at our advanced dental practice. Please contact us to schedule a check-up, or if you are noticing any symptoms of periodontal disease.