Your health is our priority. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and is a risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and dementia. Our hygienist will professionally clean the infected pockets around your teeth to prevent further damage to the gums and bone.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, affects a high percentage of the adult population in the United States. It can lead to damaging results, such as tooth loss. Our dentists and dental hygienists offer periodontal disease detection and treatment to preserve your gum health.
Periodontal disease is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria inflame and infect the gum tissues. When left untreated, the gums can eventually begin to pull away from the teeth. Progressive periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss, and gum tissue recession. You may need periodontal treatment if:
- Your gums are swollen, red, or tender.
- While brushing or flossing your gums bleed easily.
- Your teeth become loose.
- Chewing is painful.
- You have persistent bad breath.
- Your gums begin to recede.
The treatment for gum disease is based on your specific needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, our dentists may prescribe additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene instructions, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. We strive to help you restore your oral health and halt the progress of the disease. For more information on periodontal treatment, call Potomac Dental Centre or visit our office. We look forward to caring for your smile.