Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a buildup of plaque on the gum line. Affected gums become red and irritated. Gum disease can eventually lead to:
- Tooth loss
- Jawbone deterioration
- Heart disease
- Pregnancy complications
It is best to seek gum disease treatment before the condition worsens. Periodontal treatment focuses on curing gum disease by treating oral tissue and bone.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, it’s time to ask Dr. Keating about gum disease:
- Receding gums
- Swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease
Patients who smoke, use tobacco, or have poor oral health habits are at higher risk for periodontal disease. Brush and floss daily to ward off gum disease.
Although some patients have a higher risk for contracting periodontitis, almost 50% of Americans are suffering from mild to severe gum disease. Come see us regularly for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment!
Root Planing and Scaling
Plaque and tartar can accumulate below the gum line, which is difficult to remove at home. Root planing and scaling is a deep cleaning process that can significantly reduce gum disease.
Our dental professionals will use special instruments to smooth and clean the area below the gum line. When the area is spotless, you can immediately enjoy a healthier smile.
Other Periodontic Treatments
There are other forms of gum treatment for more serious cases of gum disease. Periodontal treatments for the serious effects of gum disease include gum tissue grafting, bone grafting, ridge augmentation, and crown lengthening.
Come speak with Dr. Keating about the state of your gums today. Our experienced doctor will be able to detect the earliest signs of periodontal disease and treat you right away.
To avoid the unpleasant effects of periodontal disease, brush and floss daily. See your general dentist twice yearly for cleanings. Give us a call today to set up your consultation or examination at Keating Family Dental!