Preserve Teeth And Gums
WITH PERIODONTAL CARE
If you have periodontal disease (gum disease), proper treatment and care is imperative to halt and reverse the condition. At Luck Family Dental, we offer professional periodontal care services to help mitigate the effects of gum disease. Call today or visit our Fort Mill periodontist to get started and improve your dental health!
Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is an infection of the gums. Like tooth decay (cavities), it is caused by oral bacteria. These bacteria form a clear, sticky substance called “plaque”, and build up around the gum line, causing infection and inflammation. Over time, this plaque calcifies into tartar, which is very difficult to remove, and continues to attack your gums and the roots of your teeth.
Signs & Symptoms
RECOGNIZING PERIODONTAL DISEASE
Minor cases of gum disease, also known as gingivitis, are completely reversible with proper treatment. The most common symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Bleeding when brushing the teeth
- Gum soreness and discomfort
- Bad breath
- Gum recession
- Discoloration or reddening of the gums
As gum disease progresses, the symptoms become much more severe. They include:
- Shifting of teeth in the mouth and changes in bite
- Loosening or complete loss of one or more teeth
- Pus between the teeth
- Sensitivity and pain while chewing
Advanced cases of gum disease are incurable. The symptoms can be treated, but the damage done to your mouth is permanent. This is why immediate care is required if you notice any of the above symptoms.
What Are My Options?
TREATING PERIODONTAL DISEASE
The right treatment for periodontal disease depends on how far the disease has progressed. A few common treatments include:
- Scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) – This treatment uses special dental tools to scrape plaque and tartar away from the teeth, and is often enough to resolve minor cases of gingivitis.
- Periodontal pocket reduction – As periodontal disease progresses, small “pockets” form under your teeth and bacteria collects in these areas and attack your gums. To prevent this, periodontal pocket reduction surgery is performed. Your gums are folded back, cleaned, and then sutured back into place, preventing further infection.
- Antibiotics and oral rinses – Oral antibiotics can be used to help treat gum disease. Oral rinses, such as Peridex, are also very useful in fighting against periodontal disease. After 6 months of use, Peridex reduces oral bacteria levels by up to 97%.
Maintain Healthy Gums
WITH PERIODONTAL AT LUCK FAMILY DENTAL
If you think that you may have gingivitis or gum disease, call us today to schedule an appointment and get treatment right away. The longer you wait, the more likely you are to suffer from the serious, irreversible symptoms of advanced periodontal disease. Dr. Luck will perform a comprehensive oral exam, and help you understand your best options for preventing and reversing gum disease. Call now at (803) 760 7860 to get started, or visit our office at 342 Patricia Lane, Suite 101, Fort Mill, SC 29708.