Periodontal therapy is an umbrella phrase for a variety of dental treatments or procedures that address gum disease. These treatments are essential for restoring the condition of your gums and preventing tooth loss.
At Gardens Dental Spa, we offer surgical as well as non-surgical treatments for gum disease and will assist you in taking the best decision for your oral health depending on your specific situation. You can trust that we will also recommend the least invasive methods wherever possible.
Gum Disease Causes and Progression
Gum or periodontal disease is an infection of the gum tissues and bone supporting your teeth. It ranges from mild to severe and can cause many complications.
Gum disease typically starts developing as a result of bacterial buildup caused by poor oral hygiene. Plaque that is not removed from the surface of the teeth hardens into tartar, which can only be professionally removed. As plaque and tartar continue to build up on the teeth, they can irritate and inflame the gums and cause infections.
The initial symptoms of gum disease include bleeding when brushing or flossing, soreness and redness in the gums, and gum recession. At this point, a deep cleaning is needed to remove the buildup and restore the health of the gums. If left untreated, gum disease can progress at a rapid rate and cause more severe complications including tooth loss due to bone loss.
In the earliest stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis, the effects of the infection can be reversed with simple procedures like scaling and root planing and regular oral care. This includes brushing twice daily, flossing at least once daily, and visiting our dentist at Gardens Dental Spa as recommended for professional cleanings.
If gum disease has already progressed to a more advanced stage, known as periodontitis, there is a risk of losing the supporting bone structure under the gums. Periodontitis can eventually cause the teeth to loosen, become weak, and fall out. Patients with this condition need to be treated immediately to prevent tooth loss. Severe cases may require surgical treatments such as gum surgery or extractions. Our dentist will review your options during your consultation and develop a treatment plan for you.
Advantages of Periodontal Therapy
The main benefit of periodontal therapy is that it improves your oral health. By treating gum disease and improving the condition and health of your gums, our dentist can reduce your risk for further oral health problems. By addressing the infection in your gums, you will also have other benefits, including relief from discomfort or pain, fresher breath, and a more attractive smile.
To learn more about the periodontal therapy options we offer at Gardens Dental Spa, call (561) 799-7791 or visit us at 11380 Prosperity Farms Rd #108, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.