Periodontal Disease Treatment
At Murfree Dental, it's important to us that you feel informed and educated about your oral health needs. Some dental conditions like gum disease progress very quickly and can damage your smile before you’re even aware it exists.
We take gum disease prevention and treatment very seriously at our Murfreesboro dental office. Scientists and researchers have proven that a link exists between your oral health and general health, and frequent infections can contribute to numerous bodily conditions. Heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and many others have been linked to chronic periodontal disease.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease or gingivitis occurs when a buildup of plaque develops between your teeth and gums and causes an infection. The most common reason is inadequate brushing and flossing, but many risk factors make some patients more vulnerable to gum disease than others.
Periodontal disease is progressive, and without treatment, it continues to damage your gums and break down the bone that supports your teeth. Eventually, you will develop advanced gum disease, which puts you in jeopardy of tooth loss.
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
One reason we at Murfreee Dental encourage twice-yearly dental cleanings is that gum disease can be asymptomatic. This means that you won’t see obvious signs like bleeding gums, and only your Murfeesboro dentist or hygienist can recognize them with a visual exam.
Here are some gum disease symptoms to look out for:
- Swollen, tender, or inflamed gums
- Gum recession
- Bad breath
- Teeth that feel loose
Some risk factors for gum disease are smoking, diabetes, dry mouth, and hormonal changes during pregnancy.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Our experienced hygienists are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums. If they find that you have gum disease, they will take the following steps.
Early Gum Disease: Gingivitis
Early gum disease is called gingivitis, and treatment includes a comprehensive teeth cleaning with one of our hygienists. Since gingivitis is often associated with a lack of proper oral hygiene, she will be happy to review your at-home brushing and flossing habits and see where you can make improvements.
Advanced Gum Disease: Periodontitis
Untreated gingivitis advances to periodontitis, which can be very destructive. At this stage, the gum infection has already started to break down the bone and structures that support your teeth.
Periodontitis treatment involves a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing. Scaling involves carefully and gently removing every trace of plaque and tartar from your tooth surfaces. Root planing smooths the rough or uneven surfaces of your teeth to eliminate places where bacteria can collect, leaving a smooth surface to which your gums can easily reattach.
Periodontal Treatment in Murfreesboro, TN
Having disease-free teeth and gums is crucial for your oral health and your general health and well-being. If your dental health is good, we’ll help you keep it that way; if you have developed gum disease or other issues, we will create a treatment plan to restore your healthy smile.
Please call the team at Murfree Dental to schedule your next checkup and teeth cleaning.