Berger Family Dental provides periodontal care to help you protect your gums from disease. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, develops in stages. If detected by Dr. Berger at its onset, treatment is not only less invasive but less costly as well. However, if left untreated periodontal disease can lead to bone loss resulting in future tooth loss. It can also lead to serious health issues such as heart or respiratory disease and even diabetes.
What causes periodontal disease?
Many gum diseases are caused by plaque, tartar and other bacteria, which are kept at bay with consistent dental check-ups. However, when plaque, tartar, and bacteria are left to thrive, they irritate gum tissue. The first stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. In this stage, patients suffer from red, swollen and bleeding gums. The other stages are periodontitis and advanced periodontitis in which patients suffer from bone loss, bad breath, severe pain while chewing and eventually loss of teeth.
What is the cure for periodontal disease?
Your gum disease can be treated effectively with proper and thorough care from Dr. Berger and his team. In the early stages of periodontal disease, non-surgical treatment can work, but if the patient is suffering from advanced periodontitis, then surgical treatment becomes necessary. Non-surgical treatment involves a more intense teeth cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. We provide local anesthesia to the patient and remove the tartar and plaque from the teeth. In severe cases, surgical treatment is required which includes flap and bone surgery, tissues and bone grafts or tissue regeneration. As part of post-treatment care, Dr. Berger may prescribe antibiotics or other medicine to eliminate infection for the patient, if necessary.
How do I prevent periodontal disease?
Preventing periodontal disease is as easy as adopting a daily brushing and flossing regiment and visiting Berger Family Dental every six months for a thorough dental cleaning and check-up. At your dental check-up, the Hygienist will remove any buildup of plaque and assess the condition of your gums. Dr. Berger will also examine your teeth and gums to determine if periodontal treatment is necessary. These steps will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums and, at the very least, will improve your odds for early detection of gum disease.