Periodontal Therapy An Overview
Gum disease is one of the most prevalent dental concerns and remains a leading cause of tooth loss in adults today. Also known as a “silent disease”, it can develop undetected in the absence of routine dental care. At Canton Dental Associates in Baltimore, Dr. Emily Lin and our team of dental professionals screen for the early warning signs of periodontal disease during preventive care appointments. Treating gum disease early not only allows more conservative treatments to be effective, it also prevents the complex problems that can develop if left untreated.
Importance of Healthy Gums
Your gums play a very important role in the health and stability of your teeth. They support and nourish the root structure of the teeth. When gum disease develops, harmful bacteria infect and degrade your gum tissue. This diminishes its ability to maintain healthy tooth structure and to prevent the bacteria from entering into the body through the blood stream, raising your risk of other health problems due to increased inflammation. Over time, untreated gum disease advances to periodontitis and allows the teeth to loosen, shift and even fall out.
Signs and symptoms of gum disease include bad breath, gum recession, red, swollen, tender or bleeding gums, shifting of teeth or loose teeth, or changes in how your dentures fit. Recognizing the early signs of gum disease and seeking treatment can save both oral and overall health and well being.
Periodontal Therapy What to Expect
Treatment plans for gum disease are customized by your dentist for your unique oral health needs. Early or mild gum disease may be treated with a procedure called scaling and root planing. This intensive cleaning will remove plaque and tartar that is built up near and below the gumline and along the tooth roots. Antibacterial rinses may be recommended for use at home between visits to reduce bacteria and treat gingivitis.