Patients in NC benefit from professional periodontal treatment for the signs of gum disease
When patients visit their dentist in Wake Forest, NC, they are educated on how to take care of their smile to avoid the development of serious issues such as periodontal disease or tooth decay. Dr. Edmond Suh and his staff at Supremia Dentistry are committed to helping patients achieve beautiful smiles for life, educating them on the advantages of caring for the teeth every day. This education includes learning about the signs of gum disease and the potential problems that can arise.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is a condition that results in an infection of the mouth. This infection can cause the loss of bone, gum tissue, and even natural teeth. This condition is typically preventable with proper oral care. Gum disease requires professional periodontal treatment from an experienced dentist such as Dr. Edmond Suh.
What are the signs of gum disease?
It is important to catch gum disease as soon as it occurs to work hard in reversing any damage that may have occurred. Signs of this condition may include:
- Persistent bad breath
- Shrinking gum tissue
- Red, swollen gums
- Loose teeth
Patients who are noticing these issues are urged to see their dentist as soon as possible for an evaluation and to determine the source of the problem. If a patient is diagnosed with periodontal disease, then they need to start working with their dentist to develop a treatment plan that will bring the smile back to health.
Can gum disease be cured?
Unfortunately, there is no way to “cure” periodontal disease. This condition, once it has developed, cannot be eliminated. Therefore, dentists stress the importance of caring for the smile to avoid the development of these problems. Any condition that affects the health of the smile will affect the overall longevity of the teeth, gums, and bone. For example, cavities can be repaired, but the fillings will cause the teeth to become weaker – making them susceptible to further damage. Preventative care is essential in ensuring these issues never arise in the first place.
What kind of treatment is performed for gum disease?
First, the dentist will determine what stage the condition has reached. The earlier stages present as gingivitis, which is not as serious as the later stages – periodontitis. At this point, bone loss is minimal, and a dentist will probably perform a thorough cleaning of the gums and teeth. X-rays are taken to see if there has been damage to the bone or the teeth where the eye cannot see. Once the treatment has been performed, the dentist will speak to the patient about how to care for the smile to keep the disease from progressing.
The later stages, periodontitis, are more serious and require extensive care. This may include treatments such as scaling and root planing, which are more invasive than the thorough cleaning for the earlier stages. This treatment will remove plaque and tartar from all areas of the teeth. In addition, the dentist may prescribe or directly apply antibiotics to the gums to target the infection at the source. Patients given oral antibiotics must take them as prescribed to ensure they have addressed the infection fully. Patients who have been diagnosed with periodontal disease may be advised to visit the dentist on a more frequent basis, scheduling appointments every three months instead of every six, to ensure they are taking diligent care of their smiles and improving the condition with the help of our professionals and proper at-home treatments.
Schedule an appointment today to learn about professional periodontal treatment with our staff
Call Dr. Edmond Suh of Supremia Dentistry today to discuss the signs and symptoms of gum disease and stop it in its tracks! Our team of professionals are here to assist you and your family with improving oral health and wellness with routine treatments and preventive care. Call us today at 919 556 6200 and visit our practice at 1711 South Main Street in Wake Forest, NC. We welcome patients from the areas of Wake Forest, Raleigh, and Rolesville.