Periodontal Therapy An Overview
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, can negatively impact the health and function of the teeth and gums if left untreated. Gum disease is a progressive bacterial infection of the gums, caused by plaque build-up above and below the gum line. When the bacteria in plaque accumulates, it attacks the teeth, gums, and bone structure, which may cause a multitude of symptoms and can lead to tooth loss.
Symptoms may include:
- Swollen, tender, or red gums
- Bleeding gums
- Shifting teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Tooth loss
- Receding gum line
Gum disease is best treated in its earliest stage, called gingivitis. When gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis, which may require more advanced treatment. As gum disease progresses, deep pockets that are full of bacteria develop around the gum line. The gums become inflamed and irritated and begin to pull away from the teeth. When the gumline weakens, patients are at an increased risk of experiencing loose teeth, shifting teeth, changes in the bite and other overall physical health risks.
We encourage patients to visit our Destrehan dentist office for routine gum disease screenings. For patients with compromised immune systems, certain systemic diseases, or older patients, Dr. Melanie Andrews may recommend additional dental visits to access and track the condition of the teeth and gums. We offer a complete range of periodontal therapy solutions for patients in Destrehan, LA and surrounding communities. Routine visits and personalized treatment plans can help patients with gum disease improve their oral health.