Periodontal disease, a leading cause of tooth loss, is a severe gum infection that results from plaque buildup on your teeth. If not treated in time, it can cause gum disease and tooth loss. We provide periodontal treatment to treat halitosis, bleeding gums, and sensitivity.
How Do You Get Periodontitis?
Plaque and tartar are the primary causes of periodontitis. Plaque is a sticky film composed of bacteria that forms on your teeth when you eat or drink sugary or acidic foods. When left untreated, these bacteria release toxins that irritate the gums, leading to plaque and tartar buildup.
What Are the Symptoms?
- Gum inflammation (gingivitis) and bleeding are the primary symptoms of periodontitis. If left untreated, they could cause tooth loss.
- Your gums will become red and swollen. The gum line will be elevated, and the teeth will start drifting away from their sockets.
- In the advanced stages of periodontitis, your teeth will start loosening from their gums. You may experience sensitivity while eating hot or cold foods and brushing your teeth.
- Dental abscesses may form near infected gums that can further damage your oral health.
What Are the Treatments for Periodontitis?
We can provide a customized treatment plan for periodontitis based on your condition and dental needs. The plan could include:
Scaling and Root Planing
We will remove the plaque and tartar deposits from the surface of your teeth and roots using a hand-held scaling device. It uses ultrasonic vibrations to dislodge the deposits from their settlements, which are then washed away using water jets. Root planing is a similar procedure that smoothes out the root surfaces to remove rough spots where bacteria tend to accumulate.
We will provide oral medication in the form of pills or gels that contain antibiotics to fight the bacterial growth in your saliva and gums. These drugs also stimulate healing by reducing inflammation and enhancing blood flow to your gums. They are highly effective in treating moderate cases of periodontitis.
When you have periodontitis that has progressed beyond being treatable by medication or scaling and root planing, we will perform surgical procedures to remove infected tissues and decayed roots. We could also take out some bone structures to ensure better blood circulation in your mouth and help your gums heal faster. After surgery, we will prescribe antibiotics to help speed up recovery and prevent reinfection.
Schedule an appointment with Allen Creek Dentistry to learn more about periodontal treatment. We are located at 6618 64th St. NE, Suite C, Marysville, WA 98270. Contact Dentist Marysville WA at (360) 651-2900 or visit our website to book an appointment.