Periodontal Therapy For Healthy Gums
Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults who are over thirty-five years of age, and its presence has been shown to contribute negatively to overall health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. That’s why Dr. Ronald Hendricksen and the rest of our team at Hendricksen Cosmetic & Family Dentistry make the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease a top priority. By diagnosing this condition at the earliest stage possible, we can reverse ill effects and get patients of all ages back to enjoying the healthy smile they deserve.
How do I know if I have periodontal disease?
Here are some common signs:
- Bleeding gums
- Discomfort felt throughout the mouth
- A receding gum line
- Severe bad breath that lingers even after brushing/flossing/using mouthwash
- Significant tenderness or redness in the gums
However, there are many cases where potential symptoms may be too mild for an untrained eye to recognize. That’s why attending regular check-ups at our Bedford County dental practice is so important to protect and maintain oral health.
Gum Disease Treatment Options
Our recommended treatment for periodontal or gum disease depends on how far it’s progressed (mild, advanced, etc). In some cases, more frequent or in-depth cleanings may be enough to return your smile to full health. We also offer root scaling and planing, an involved treatment where we clean the areas of teeth beneath the gums and smooth the surfaces of your tooth roots. Antibiotic therapy could be needed as well. Dr. Hendricksen reviews these options with you once we know more about your unique case and works with you to create a treatment plan that restores oral health.