Periodontal health (the health of the gums and supporting tissues) has a major impact on your overall health. Proper periodontal care is essential to keeping harmful bacteria under control; if left unchecked, periodontal disease can result and cause an increased risk for life-threatening conditions such as heart disease. Maintaining optimal oral hygiene in addition to scheduling regular checkups is crucial to the health and longevity of your smile. We want to control the condition by targeting the problem and correcting it. At Lexington Heights Dental, we enhance our service and treatment with the latest in technology and laser periodontal therapy. By working together, our doctors and patients can effectively treat periodontitis before it has a chance to take over.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an inflammatory condition that develops when plaque and tartar extend under the gumline and infect it. This early stage of periodontal disease, called gingivitis, is characterized by red, tender and swollen gums that bleed easily.
If you do not receive treatment for gingivitis, it can advance into the more serious stage of periodontitis. During this stage, the gums recede from your teeth, creating periodontal pockets that trap food and plaque. You may experience painful chewing, bad breath and increased tooth sensitivity. The worst effect periodontitis has on the mouth is the destruction of gum and jawbone tissues, which results in tooth loss. Additionally, periodontal disease can harm the rest of the body, increasing your risk for diabetic problems, heart disease, respiratory infections and pregnancy complications.
What Procedures Are Used in Periodontal Care?
It is very important to have periodontal disease treated as soon as possible so you do not have to suffer permanently from its effects. Some of the most common procedures in periodontal care and treatment include the following:
- Scaling And Root Planing: This is the go-to treatment for periodontal disease. We will scale away the harmful tartar and plaque that cause this condition, and then we will smooth the tooth roots in order to prevent these substances from sticking to them again.
- Antibiotic Treatment: Periodontal disease increases the bacteria count in your mouth, so we may suggest antibiotics to reduce bacteria and help you to heal.
- Surgical Procedures: If you suffer from an advanced stage of periodontal disease, then you may need to receive surgeries that reattach the gums, smooth damaged bone structure and restore tissues.
Remember that it is important for you to take part in healing from periodontal disease. Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is essential in fighting gum disease and preventing it. We may also recommend periodontal maintenance after you heal from this condition so that we can keep an eye on your gum health and keep it in good condition with thorough cleanings.
Contact Our Practice for Periodontal Care
If you show some of the early signs of periodontal disease, call our team for treatment for gum disease in Cedar Hills, Utah. Our dentists and team are also happy to welcome patients from the nearby communities, including Lehi, American Fork and Orem, Utah. Dr. Lohner and Dr. Jimmer can offer the treatment solutions you need to regain a healthy smile.