Gum disease can cause a variety of issues, from bad breath to missing teeth. Expert and targeted periodontal therapy can reclaim the health of your mouth. At Buchanan Dental Arts in Buchanan, New York, the team of experts restores your dental health with nonsurgical and surgical treatments. Call the office today or book an appointment online for your periodontal treatment.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums. It results from not properly cleaning your mouth and lack of proper professional care.
Periodontal disease starts with plaque buildup that invades the gums and eventually leads to infection. It usually leaves your gums sore and bleeding. Gingivitis is the first stage, which is reversible with regular checkups and cleanings.
If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into periodontitis, a more severe stage where your teeth start to deteriorate. You may notice pockets in your gums as they pull away from teeth. Eventually, it wears away at the tooth’s structure and leads to tooth loss.
Your provider at Buchanan Dental Arts starts with nonsurgical treatments such as scaling and root planing to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria. They may also suggest antibiotics to help heal any underlying infection.
After that, if periodontal disease progresses to the point where the gum pockets won’t heal, or they start affecting the tooth structure, you may need surgery to prevent tooth loss. Your provider may suggest bone grafts or soft-tissue grafts to restore your gums.
Inside the mouth, periodontal disease puts you at risk for receding gums and tooth loss. The bacteria eventually breaks down the tooth and surrounding tissues. Gum disease also makes it hard to chew and digest properly.
Systematically, periodontal disease can affect your heart and other organs. Studies have shown a link between gum disease and diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Pregnant women with periodontal disease have a heightened risk of premature birth and low birthweight babies.
Researchers theorize that the inflammation from periodontal disease triggers other reactions throughout the body.
Periodontal treatment is usually sufficient for restoring your gum health. However, to prevent further damage, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene, eat a healthy diet, and quit smoking. Sugar-heavy diets and tobacco products are known to damage teeth and slow the healing process.
Most people only require follow-up preventive care after treatment. Your provider may suggest more frequent exams and cleanings to ensure your mouth stays healthy.
To schedule a periodontal treatment, contact Buchanan Dental Arts by phone or online.