Periodontal disease refers to an inflammation in your gums that results in soreness and tenderness. When you do not address the condition on time, it advances into other stages, thus worsening it. In the worst-case scenario, we may have to extract your teeth to prevent infection from spreading.
It would be best if you visit us after experiencing symptoms of the problem. We will address it on time and keep the infection from spreading.
What are the Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease?
- You may experience excessive bleeding from your gums, and your gums may become red, tender, and swollen.
- Your gums may feel pulled away from your teeth.
- Bad breath and bad taste
- Loosening or separating of your permanent teeth
- Any change in the way your teeth fit when you bite food.
- Any change in your dental restorations like dentures.
What are the Causes of Periodontal Disease?
- Changes in Hormone
Periodontal disease is common during the events such as menopause, puberty, menstruation, and pregnancy when your gums become very sensitive to decay and infection.
Various diseases such as cancer and HIV interfere with your immune system and lead to periodontal disease. According to a study, diabetes also puts you at a higher risk of developing this condition. Gum disease is also a result of the family history.
Some medications may affect your oral health as they lessen the flow of your saliva, thus leading to periodontal disease.
- Lifestyle Habits
Poor oral hygiene, excessive smoking, consumption of alcohol, and ill dietary habits also infect your gums.
How to Treat Periodontal Disease?
- Professional Dental Cleaning
We will carry out your dental check-up and prepare you for professional dental cleaning. Under the procedure, we will remove the accumulation of plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth and your gum line. The procedure is quick and hassle-free and ensures thorough cleaning of your mouth.
Professional dental cleaning also includes scaling and root planing. Under scaling, we scrape away the deposits of plaque and tartar from your teeth and gum line. Root planing includes smoothing the rough spots and removing the bacteria to provide a clean surface to your gums.
- Flap Surgery
We lift back your gums to remove the tartar from under your gum line. This method is also used to reduce space between your gums and teeth to avoid the growth and spread of bacteria in the space.
- Bone grafts
This surgical procedure includes using fragments of your bone or synthetic bone to replace the bone destroyed because of periodontal disease.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Montpelier Family Dentistry, Laurel, MD, call (301) 812-4599 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit Dentist in Laurel MD at 14502 Greenview Dr #100, Laurel, MD, 20708.