Here at Jon C. Packman DDS, we offer the best periodontal care and ensure your teeth are always firmly rooted in your gums and jaw.
Periodontal care concerns itself with the support structures of a tooth. Periodontal refers to the gums and the bone that surrounds and supports the tooth. It is important that these parts remain in good condition since they are the ones that hold the tooth in position.
Periodontal care involves the prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases. One of the major causes of periodontal diseases is poor oral hygiene. When plaque or tartar accumulates on your teeth, it starts to destroy your gums and jaw bone. If the condition is left unmitigated, you might end up losing your teeth.
How do You Know You Have Periodontal Disease?
Many people tend not to realize they have periodontal disease, especially because the initial symptoms are mild and painless. Ordinary brushing and flossing are very important, but they are never enough to avoid plaque and tartar buildup. It is important that you have your teeth cleaned professionally after a while. We provide dental cleanings also. The service ensures your teeth are left spotless, and more importantly without plague or bacteria.
Bleeding gums is one of the obvious signs of periodontal disease. Your gums are not supposed to bleed unless you been hit or injured. Even thorough brushing and flossing should not make your gums bleed. Your gums could become red and swollen as well. Receding gums is also a sign of periodontal disease. If you experience any of these, then come and see us.
Periodontal disease causes bone loss. You will most likely note your teeth have taken new positions, or they’ve become loose if you have lost some bone. These are signs to watch out for as well.
Stages of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease has stages depending on severity. Our dentist will categorize it in one of the following stages after diagnosis.
Gingivitis refers to the early stages of periodontal disease. The signs include gum irritation, tender red gums, and bleeding gum.
Periodontitis is an advanced stage of periodontal disease. The plaque that has accumulated on the gum line usually hardens and turns into tartar. Signs and symptoms include receding gums, severe gum irritation, and heavy gum bleeding.
At the advanced periodontitis stage, the disease has destroyed your gums and has started eating away the jaw bone. You’ll note teeth misplacements and the teeth might start becoming loose.
Treatment of periodontal disease involves cleaning the teeth to remove the tartar and the bacteria. If the condition is caught at the gingivitis stage, one or two dental cleanings are enough to rectify the situation. If the condition is severe, deep cleaning procedures such as scaling and root planning will be carried out.
Proper dental hygiene and occasional professional dental cleanings will keep periodontal diseases at bay. Call Jon C. Packman DDS at (704) 978-7060, if you have any concerns related to periodontal disease. Better yet, visit us and will give you more personalized dental care. We find joy in helping people regain and maintain their oral health.