Periodontal treatment means the successful treatment of gum disease such as gingivitis, a mild infection that causes red, swollen or bleeding gums. If left untreated, it can result in periodontal disease, an advanced gum infection that destroys bone tissue, causes gums to recede and teeth to loosen. Gum disease is typically the number one disease that needs to be treated by a periodontist, and plaque is the most common cause.
Usually periodontal-related problems are often discovered after they have been present for an extended period of time. With proper daily brushing and flossing and regular dental check-ups at Premier Dental Implant Center, you can decrease your risk of gum disease.
Gum disease has many stages of severity, ranging from mild (gingivitis) to moderate (periodintitis) to the severe (periodontitis). Treatments are available for every case of gum disease, but it is always best to catch it early during the gingivitis stage.
Common problems associated with gum disease:
- “Long” teeth (receding gum lines expose the root portions of your teeth)
- Discolored or deteriorating tooth structure
- Gum depressions (holes in between the teeth in the gum tissue)
- Infected gum line (discoloration or inflammation of the gum tissue)
- Tooth loss or tooth movement
Dr. Peterson and his team work closely with patients to create the best oral hygiene to treat and prevent gingivitis. Placque-causing bacteria cause gingivitis. Our specialized treatments can correct the damage caused by periodontal disease, and our expert staff can help educate our patients on how to avoid both gingivitis and periodontal disease.