Periodontal (gum) disease affects more than 50% of US adults over the age of 30, and after the age of 35, that percentage rises to as much as 80%, according to some estimates. Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar build up at the gum line and causes irritation or infection of the soft tissue. Some common symptoms of periodontal disease include bleeding gums, bad breath, a bite that no longer fits together, and loose-feeling teeth. At Pelham Family Dental Arts, we’re dedicated to offering patients an early diagnosis by screening for periodontal disease during every checkup. For those patients who suffer from gum disease, we offer a variety of treatment options, including:
Deep Teeth Cleaning
For patients suffering from mild gum disease (also known as gingivitis), a deep cleaning, improved at-home hygiene, and more frequent professional teeth cleanings can help restore oral health and prevent future infection or spread of the disease.
Scaling & Root Planing
In severe cases of gingivitis and mild cases of periodontitis (the more advanced form of gum disease), scaling and root planing may be necessary. Scaling is the removal of bacteria, plaque, tartar, and infected tissue from below the gum line, and root planing is the smoothing of tooth roots to prevent future plaque or tartar buildup.
Another option for more severe periodontal disease is topical antibiotic treatment. As part of surgical or non-surgical periodontal therapy, antibiotics can be applied that remove harmful bacteria that lead to gum disease and prevent future instances of gum disease.
In the most severe cases of gum disease, surgical treatments may be necessary in order to repair damage and prevent tooth loss, spreading disease, or recurrence.