Periodontics is the practice of treating inflammatory diseases in the mouth. When the supporting structures of the teeth, like the gum, bone, and ligaments become compromised, the teeth can become loose and fall out. It’s critical to keep your gums healthy so that you can maintain your functional smile.
Dr. Todd and the Butler Smiles Dental Care team offer effective gum disease treatment to protect your oral health. Our nonsurgical methods are both comfortable and innovative.
Progression of Gum Disease
Millions of Americans suffer from gum disease. How does it affect your health?
This silent threat is subdued in its early stages. The earliest stage, gingivitis, is completely painless. Symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Puffy or red gums
- Gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss
- Persistent bad breath
When gingivitis is left untreated, the condition can progress into periodontitis. Gums lose their seal to the teeth, allowing bacteria to infiltrate the gums and attack important structures of the mouth. The jawbone may begin to deteriorate and the teeth will become loose and fall out.
Gum disease is also linked to threatening systemic health issues, making it even more dangerous and more necessary to treat. Some of the complications associated with gum disease include:
- Heart disease
- Systemic inflammation
What Causes Gum Disease?
When plaque and tartar build up on the gums, inflammation and infection result. Insufficient oral hygiene is often the culprit of gum disease, but even some patients with good brushing and flossing habits may suffer from gingivitis.
Prevention is preferable, but we can also treat gum disease with scaling and root planing. This is a nonsurgical deep cleaning procedure. We will remove the harmful bacteria and smooth the tooth roots to prevent further buildup.
Take Advantage of Innovative Dentistry
The professionals of Butler Smiles Dental Care look forward to meeting with you and using the gentlest treatment options possible to keep your smile healthy. We care not only about your teeth, but about your long-term health goals, and your expectations for your healthcare!
Let’s protect your teeth with effective periodontic treatment. Call Butler Smiles Dental Care today.