Periodontal Therapy—Clintonville, OH
Rehabilitate Your Smile with Periodontal Therapy
In addition to your teeth, a healthy smile also relies on your gum tissue. It protects your roots and their supporting structures. Unfortunately, your gums can be compromised by a preventable infection known as periodontal (gum) disease. Although it can be avoided with proper oral hygiene habits and regular care from your dentist, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates as much as 50% of Americans have a form of it. If it is not treated quickly, it can have lasting implications for your dental and general health. To stop the complications, Creative Smiles has the solutions you need with periodontal therapy in Clintonville.
What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection that develops in the gum tissue from bacteria found in plaque and tartar accumulations. If the buildup is not removed, it causes your gums to become red, swollen, and bleed. This is known as gingivitis. At this point, the infection can be treated, and you will not experience any long-term damage.
Unfortunately, many people tend to ignore the signs of gingivitis, causing the infection to progress to periodontitis. Now, deep pockets have formed in the tissue. It will begin to destroy the supporting structures of your teeth. Without an aggressive treatment plan, it can lead to tooth loss. The bacteria can also enter your bloodstream, causing serious health complications, like heart disease, respiratory infections, Alzheimer’s disease, and other issues.
How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?
At the start of the infection, you may notice blood-tinged saliva when brushing your teeth. Your gum tissue may appear red or swollen. As the infection progresses, more noticeable signs will occur, such as:
- Gum recession.
- Tooth sensitivity.
- Tooth pain.
- Teeth feeling loose.
- Chronic bad breath.
- Pus pockets.
- Changes to the bite or alignment of your teeth.
- Tooth loss.
What Treatments are Available?
After performing a consultation to determine the severity of the infection, a customized treatment plan is created, which may include:
- Scaling: Special dental tools are used to remove plaque and tarter buildup, as well as damaged tissue.
- Root Planing: The roots are smoothed to help prevent future accumulations.
- Antibiotics: Oral or topical antibiotics may be needed to stop the growth oral bacteria.
If the damage is extensive, you may need more advanced therapies to rehabilitate your oral health, such as gum surgery or dental prosthetics.
How Do I Prevent Gum Disease?
There are several things you can do to help prevent gum disease from developing or reoccurring, such as:
- Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss in between each tooth and around the gum line daily.
- Visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
- Stop smoking or using tobacco products.
Treat Gum Disease Today!
If you suspect you have periodontal disease, do not wait until it is too late. We will restore your gum health to save your smile. Contact Creative Smiles today to schedule your consultation for periodontal therapy.