While the teeth often are the focus of discussions about oral health, the importance of healthy gums cannot be understated. At Johnston Smiles, we emphasize that gums are the foundation of a radiant smile and play a vital role in overall dental well-being.
Neglecting gum health can lead to periodontal disease, which has the potential to not only compromise your smile but also impact your general health. That’s why our dedicated team is steadfast in providing top-tier periodontal disease treatment to ensure both your gums and teeth are in optimal condition. Read below to learn more about gum disease and how our Selma, NC treatments can keep your gums healthy!
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is an infection that affects the soft tissue surrounding the teeth. It starts as gingivitis, which involves red, swollen, and bleeding gums. If left untreated, it can progress to more serious conditions called periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. These stages lead to the destruction of the supporting bone structure and can result in tooth loss. At Johnston Smiles, we are committed to diagnosing and treating this condition early to prevent further complications.
Symptoms of the condition include:
- Red, swollen, and bleeding gums
- Recurring bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
- Gums that look like they are pulling away from your teeth
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Loose teeth or a change in bite alignment
How Is Periodontal Disease Diagnosed?
Diagnosis of periodontal disease at Johnston Smiles is a thorough and meticulous process. It begins with a comprehensive oral examination, including visual inspection and gentle probing of the gum pockets around your teeth. We use state-of-the-art technology, such as digital x-rays, to assess the condition of the underlying bone structure. Our team will discuss your medical history and current symptoms to provide a detailed and personalized diagnosis.
How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?
At our practice, we understand that treatment for periodontal disease must be personalized, taking into account each patient’s unique condition and requirements.
Our comprehensive range of services listed below ensures that we provide the highest level of care to address your specific situation.
During a professional cleaning, our dental hygienists carefully remove plaque and tartar build-up from the teeth and above the gum line. Regular professional cleanings help to monitor and maintain gum health and keep periodontal disease at bay. This is a crucial step in preventing or managing periodontal disease in its earliest stages.
When periodontal disease progresses, a specialized treatment known as a deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, is often required.
- Scaling involves meticulously cleaning below the gum line to remove hardened plaque (tartar) and bacterial toxins.
- Root planing smooths the roots of the teeth to promote reattachment of the gums.
This procedure is performed with great care and often under local anesthesia to ensure comfort, facilitating the healing process and helping to prevent further damage.
In instances where the infection is localized or persistent, topical antibiotics can be applied directly to the infected gum pockets. This treatment targets and eradicates harmful bacteria, promoting faster healing and stopping further progression of the disease. These antibiotics work in conjunction with other treatments, enhancing their effectiveness and offering an additional layer of protection for your gums.
Maintaining Gum Health
Once the active periodontal disease is treated, ongoing maintenance is essential for sustaining optimal gum health. Johnston Smiles offers guidance on proper home care, including effective brushing and flossing techniques. Regular check-ups and professional cleanings are also part of our comprehensive approach to keeping your gums healthy and your smile bright.
Your Partner In Gum Health
At Johnston Smiles, we believe in providing not just quality care, but also an experience that is comfortable, personalized, and centered on you. Our modern facility and friendly team are ready to welcome you and cater to your dental needs. With our expertise in periodontal disease treatment, you can trust us with the health of your gums and the beauty of your smile.
Defend your smile by taking action against gum disease! Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment, and allow us to restore your health and confidence.