Gum Disease/Periodontics Treatment at Ooralea Dental
Gum disease isn’t just dangerous to your teeth. It can also raise your risk of heart disease, diabetes, pneumonia, stroke, and additional health problems. Through early screening, our Ooralea dentists can help you intercept periodontitis as soon as possible, before it progresses into permanent tooth loss.
What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection that destroys the attached tissues – your gums and bone – that support the roots of your teeth. As plaque collects along your gumlines, the tissues become infected. Gradually, they pull back to create large pockets that house accumulations of additional plaque and calcified tartar.
Gum Disease Symptoms
You might have periodontal disease if you’re experiencing symptoms like:
- Bleeding when you brush and floss
- Bad breath
- Gum recession
- Tartar and stain build-up
- Tooth mobility
- Spaces between teeth
Treatments for Periodontal Disease
Unlike preventative cleanings, periodontal disease requires a series of deep cleanings/scalings to remove calcified build-up inside of gum pockets around your teeth. The therapy is typically spread across a few different visits, with frequent maintenance scalings to prevent relapse. Occasionally, gum or bone grafting and locally placed antibiotic therapy may be needed.
Think you have gum disease? Avoid tooth loss by calling Ooralea Dental Care today.