Smile after Periodontal Therapy

How to Know if You Need Periodontal Treatment

Not sure if you are suffering from periodontal disease? Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection in your gum tissue. This results in loss of bone and gum tissue that surrounds the teeth. This can cause eventual tooth loss and abscesses. Periodontal disease can have an impact on your overall health, and it is associated with chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. At B&G Family Dentistry, we can help you identify any issues that you might be experiencing with your gums so that you can treat and stabilize periodontal disease before more damage or tooth loss occurs.

Some typical symptoms that would indicate you have periodontal disease can include halitosis, also known as loose teeth, bad breath, or tooth loss. All of these symptoms are serious and ought to receive immediate attention. Other more common symptoms include receding or inflamed gums, as well as gums that are simply tender and painful to the touch.

If you notice pain in your gums or experience any of the other symptoms mentioned above, then please schedule a consultation with us in Livingston today.

Gum Treatment Procedures

We perform multiple procedures that can help you get back on the right track to good oral health. Patients that neglect their oral health not only develop periodontal disease, but also typically suffer from other issues as well, such as root canals, cavities, and extractions. Many issues and complications from periodontal disease can be prevented if treated early.

  • Teeth scaling: This procedure involves utilizing special dental tools that are used to thoroughly clean the tooth, effectively removing any tartar or plaque that may have been present above and below the gum line. Plaque, tartar, or calculus are localized deposits of bacteria that promote the chronic infection and bone loss associated with periodontal disease.
  • Root planing: After scaling, your dentist can also smooth the roots of your teeth and give you a deep root cleaning. This provides a smooth, clean root surface for your gum tissue to re-attach to the tooth and help promote healthy gums.

If you have any more questions or would like a consultation, please schedule an appointment with B&G Family Dentistry in Livingston today.

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