Keep your Gums and Teeth in Optimum Condition
Everyone is susceptible to periodontal, or gum, disease, as everyone's mouth carries bacteria that cause plaque to build. Gum disease is an extremely common problem among adults, and while it is treatable, it is also preventable with good oral hygiene habits. Treating periodontal disease as early as possible once diagnosed is critical, as leaving it untreated could lead to more serious oral health issues, including tooth loss.
At Cosmetic Dentistry of New Mexico, Dr. Byron W. Wall is experienced in administering periodontal treatment for his Albuquerque-area patients. If you have symptoms of gum disease, or if we discover evidence of gum disease during a routine checkup, we are well-equipped to provide the appropriate care. To learn more about periodontal treatment, contact our Albuquerque dental practice today.
Gum disease is the most common disease among American adults, affecting approximately 75 percent of the population. Fortunately, it can be treated. - Dr. Wall
Types of Periodontal Disease
Gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease that is caused by poor dental hygiene, can be reversed by regularly brushing and flossing, in addition to seeing Dr. Wall for regular checkups and cleanings.
Periodontitis is a serious problem that occurs when gingivitis is left untreated, in which plaque spreads to below the gum line. Toxins, developed from plaque buildup, can irritate the gums and further damage the bones and other tissues supporting the teeth.
Types of Periodontal Treatment
Patients that manage to discover periodontal disease early enough will find various treatment options available. We strongly encourage patients to seek proper care as soon as possible, as the disease could have permanent damaging effects to the mouth. The dental professionals of our Albuquerque practice are experienced and highly skilled in periodontal treatment, which may include:
Scaling and rooting is a common practice employed by Dr. Wall for removing the bacteria that cause periodontal disease. Scaling involves scraping tartar from around the gum line; and rooting is then the process of removing rough spots on the root of the tooth where germs exist.
Medication may be administered in conjunction with scaling and rooting, for the purpose of controlling the bacteria in the mouth and/or minimizing the size of periodontal pockets. Additionally, enzyme suppressants or oral antibiotics may be given. The type of medication supplied will depend on the extent of the case.
I leave my appointments feeling that Dr. Wall truly wants my teeth and gums to be their healthiest! - Kimberly
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Gum disease can be prevented by thoroughly brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, and seeing Dr. Wall for routine checkups and professional cleanings twice a year. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should schedule a periodontal screening:
- Persistent bad breath
- Any pain or sensitivity in the mouth
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Receding gums or more elongated-looking teeth
- Bleeding gums from brushing, flossing, or eating
- Loose or shifting teeth
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Learn More about Periodontal Treatment
If you believe you may have periodontal disease, it is important to see a dentist right away. Contact our Albuquerque dental practice today to learn more about periodontal treatment, and how we can help. A dedicated representative is standing by to answer questions or to schedule an appointment for you.