Periodontal gum disease is a gradually advancing condition, increasing in severity over time as naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth mixes with pieces of food and saliva. This generates a tacky, transparent plaque that can wreak havoc on your teeth if left untreated. Many men and women think that vigorous brushing and careful flossing are all it takes to eradicate the plaque, but it isn't. As plaque builds up and becomes tartar on your teeth, your gums may start to become irritated. This is when it is important to see an experienced professional at Buford Family Dentistry in Buford, GA. You should act quickly since time is of the essence. When periodontal disease moves past the initial stage (which is gingivitis) into the stages called periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, bone and tooth loss are very likely, and both can cause a variety of complications for patients.
Good candidates for periodontal treatments vary from those with swollen and bleeding gums to those with severe loss of tissue, teeth, or bone in the mouth. In some instances, the condition has already caused tooth loss. No matter how your periodontal disease has advanced, the time to seek treatment is now. Gum inflammation is quite often a sign of gingivitis or periodontitis, which is the second stage of the disease. This often results in bad breath that cannot be masked as well as uncomfortable, bleeding, and receding gums, loose teeth, and painful chewing. If you are currently suffering from similar symptoms, we recommend you schedule a consultation at Buford Family Dentistry.
What To Expect
There are a variety of periodontal procedures that may be used to combat gum disease. The primary goal of each procedure is to prevent further infection. The team at Buford Family Dentistry usually begins with a small tool called a probe, which can be compared to a small metal ruler, that checks and measures the affected pockets near and under the teeth. Digital x-rays can also identify any bone loss or deterioration. The results of this examination will help determine the type and amount of treatments used.
Prophylaxis, or a deep cleaning procedure, can slow down the progression of periodontal disease. Prophylaxis results in plaque and tartar removal, which helps eliminate any bacteria that are remaining on the teeth. If our practitioners discover an infection, we may assign a prescription medication to treat it. Bone and tissue grafts may be considered for patients in the advanced stages of the disease.
The trick to effective healing from many periodontal therapies is keeping rigorous dental hygiene in the home. During your consultation, our practitioners will examine ways you can further take advantage of treatment by quitting some habits such as smoking (which will exacerbate the symptoms of the disease). As periodontal therapies are customized based on the severity of the disease (and also the needs of the patient), recovery time will differ. It's extremely important that you brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, floss frequently to eliminate buildup on the teeth, and also see Buford Family Dentistry often for exams and deep cleanings.
Since the suggested treatments for gum disease could vary, so may insurance policy and related prices. Our staff will advocate for you on a personal basis and speak with your provider. If you don't have health insurance, we can talk about treatment alternatives and costs to create a treatment plan that fits your budget. During your consult, inquire about medical financing options and ask us to help you learn more.
Although gum disease isn't entirely curable, comprehensive therapy and scheduled checkups by an experienced dental staff may help keep your symptoms manageable and mild. If you think you could be experiencing the symptoms of periodontal gum disease, or you'd like more info about the condition and other treatment choices we currently provide, we invite you to schedule a consultation at Buford Family Dentistry right away.