Periodontal Disease is a condition of the gums and surrounding tissue caused by bacteria. This condition, left untreated, leads to bone loss and loose teeth. Eventually, these teeth may fall out or have to be extracted by a dental professional.
Studies suggest that periodontal disease can also lead to potentially serious health complications, including heart attack, respiratory issues and stroke.
Fortunately, periodontal disease is mostly preventable, and prevention starts with healthy lifestyle choices, including:
- Cutting back on sugar—sugar intake is not always obvious because refined sugars hide in unlikely places like salad dressings and sauces
- Abstaining from tobacco use
- Practicing good oral hygiene—brushing and flossing at least twice per day and visiting your dentist regularly
The symptoms of periodontal disease may include:
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
Periodontal Disease Treatment in Gettysburg, PA
At Samuels Dental Arts P.C., we treat periodontal disease successfully by using all the latest treatments and technologies to help save your teeth and your health.
Non-surgical interventions include, but are not limited to:
- Scaling—This means we remove bacteria from your teeth and below the gum line to help stop the progression of periodontal disease
- Root planning—This means we smooth roots to treat inflammation, which depresses bacteria and promotes better oral health
- IV sedation anesthesia can often allow treatment in one comfortable visit.
Surgical interventions include, but are not limited to:
- Grafting—This involves bone or tissue taken from other areas, sometimes the roof of your mouth, and replanted where unhealthy bone or tissue have receded and are no longer viable
- Tissue regeneration or tissue stimulating proteins—This is a procedure that promotes new bone growth to stabilize your teeth
Don't Wait to See a Dentist
If you have symptoms of periodontal disease, make an appointment with our Gettysburg office as soon as possible. Early treatment is critical when it comes to saving your teeth and preventing potentially serious health complications in the future.
Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.