Periodontics are designed to prevent or treat gum disease in an effort to optimize your health. Gum disease, technically referred to as periodontal disease, is a chronic infection that attacks the bone and soft tissues that maintain your teeth. Without timely and effective gingivitis treatment, this infection can contribute to the loss of your teeth and long-term health complications.
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Inflammation is the primary characteristic of gum disease. Puffiness, tenderness, redness, and bleeding are the cardinal signs of inflammation. Unfortunately, if the inflammation is not diagnosed and treated quickly, the infection will begin to lead to more advanced symptoms such as loose teeth, shifting teeth, halitosis, or an acute abscess.
Gum Disease and Your Health
Studies have shown that gum disease can double your risk for coronary artery disease. The infection has also been found to interfere with the management of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and Rheumatoid arthritis. During pregnancy, the inflammation greatly increases the possibility of pre-term labor or a low birth-weight baby.
Treatment Options for Gum Disease
A proper diagnosis will help us to design an effective periodontal treatment strategy for you. Gum disease can range from mildly inflammatory to severe or advanced. To determine the extent of your infection, we will perform a complete clinical exam with digital imaging (x-rays) and periodontal charting. According to our findings, your treatment options may include:
- A prophylaxis (prophy) – a professional cleaning for the removal of plaque and tarter buildup above the gumline.
- Scaling and root planing- an intensive and meticulous cleaning of the teeth and roots to remove plaque and tarter while disrupting bacterial colonies to promote healing.
- Adjunctive therapies- Systemic and localized antibiotics, antimicrobial rinses, oral hygiene instructions, and nutritional guidance will help to bring the infection under control and prevent it from progressing.
- Non-surgical and surgical periodontal procedures
Together, We Can Fight Gum Disease
No infection should be ignored, including an infection in the gums. The damage that results from gum disease is irreversible and should be brought under control immediately for the best chance of a healthy outcome. Contact the periodontist at our Woburn office today and let’s work together to improve your health.