Periodontal Disease Treatment in Temple Terrace, FL
Gum disease is one of the most common diseases that affect human beings, with over half of Americans having some degree of gingivitis or periodontal disease. Despite being common, it’s important to seek periodontal disease treatment as soon as you can to prevent further complications from occurring. If you would like to schedule a consultation with us, our team can be reached at 813-988-9800 or you can request an appointment through our online contact form.
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What is periodontal disease?
Gingivitis and periodontal disease cause the gums to become inflamed, and if left untreated, it can lead to receding gums, tooth loss, and jawbone loss. Symptoms include swollen or tender gums, bleeding gums, loose teeth, pain when chewing, and a change in gum color. Gum disease is typically caused by poor oral hygiene, but there are a number of other contributing risk factors, like regularly using tobacco products, genetics, certain medications, diabetes, and simply getting older.
What are the stages of periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease always begins as gingivitis, which may not exhibit many symptoms besides a change in gum color or sensitive teeth. Once gingivitis has progressed to slight periodontal disease, it can’t be reversed through improving your at-home oral care routine, and you will need to make an appointment with us as soon as possible. If it progresses to moderate periodontal disease, a periodontal treatment that includes scaling and root planing will need to be done. If periodontal disease reaches an advanced stage, the patient is at serious risk for bone loss and may require surgery or dental restorations, and it can lead to other serious health problems.
Is periodontal disease treatable?
Yes, if you have any form of gum disease it is important that you seek treatment at your earliest convenience. Gingivitis can typically be treated just by visiting the dentist regularly and making sure you are brushing and flossing regularly and properly. Periodontal disease requires a custom treatment plan created by your dentist, and it typically involves scaling and root planing. Scaling is a process that involves removing plaque and tartar from below the gum line in the periodontal pockets, and root planing is done afterward to smooth out the roots of each tooth to help the gums reattach to the teeth. If you are interested in utilizing our periodontal treatments, please get in touch with our office so we can get your appointment scheduled!