Periodontal or gum disease is tricky. You might have it, and not even know it. So, how are you supposed to fix it? Regular visits to your Lewisburg general dentist is a good place to start. Do you experience any of these common symptoms?
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Puffiness or tenderness of the gums
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Loose-feeling teeth
During your regular dental hygiene exam, our dental hygienists will measure the gum tissue around each tooth to assess any periodontal deterioration. Digital x-rays may also be taken to reveal any bone loss around your teeth. If periodontal disease is diagnosed, a variety of treatments are available to treat the disease, and even reverse it.
A variety of new technologies make the treatment of this disease more thorough and comfortable than ever before. High-tech soft tissue lasers can gently remove any damaged or diseased gum tissue and kill any bacteria below the gum line.
Ultrasonic scalers use pulses of water to comfortably remove any bacteria or calculus under the gum line and around the tooth root. Antibiotic treatment kills bacteria over time. Powerful antibiotics, like ARESTIN, were created just for periodontal bacteria and can be placed under the gum line to fight periodontal disease long after you leave the office.
The good news is that periodontal disease is treatable, even at an advanced stage, to help you keep your natural teeth and improve your health.