Keeping Smiles Whole With Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease can cause uncomfortable symptoms and even lead to the loss of your adult teeth! Which is why we offer treatment to manage the disease and keep your smile whole. Your Brookfield, WI, dentist talks about how we can help you enjoy better gum health and a full smile throughout adulthood!

The Causes and Dangers of Periodontal Disease

When your gums become inflamed, this causes gingivitis and without treatment to reverse it, the inflammation will grow in severity until the tissues pull away from the gums and form deep pockets for harmful bacteria to enter. Once this occurs, you develop periodontal disease and there is no cure for it, but care to manage it can protect your smile from painful symptoms and tooth loss. The disease is also linked to heart disease and other inflammatory illnesses. The factors behind your inflammation could include tobacco use, certain medications, inflammatory illnesses, a family history of the disease, and a diet high in sugar. Poor brushing and flossing habits and lack of cleanings can also be a factor.

Common Warning Signs

People with gingivitis may notice their gums appear redder than usual and could feel sore or even bleed. As the disease forms, these symptoms grow in severity and your tissues could also recede, the gum recession exposing sensitive tooth root structure to increase the risk of cavities and infection. At this stage, you could also develop periodontitis, the advanced state linked to tooth loss. Don’t ignore these warning signs, please contact our team right away for a diagnosis and treatment. We will carefully examine the smile with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras so we can identify the cause and assess the severity of your inflammation, and create a plan to bring relief.

Treatment and Management

Our team could discuss a deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing, to remove buildup from the teeth and gums, so we can manage the disease moving forward with traditional cleanings every three to four months. We could also discuss more advanced treatments to remove diseased tissue as needed, so healthy gums can reattach to the teeth. If you have any questions about how our team will diagnose and treat periodontal disease to keep your smile healthy and whole, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to make sure you start the holiday season with a full and beautiful smile, one free of inflammation and discomfort.

Talk to Your Brookfield, WI, Dentist About Treating Periodontal Disease

Our team wants to help you and your family maintain good periodontal health for years to come. To learn more about our treatment options or to schedule your next appointment, please contact our team at our Brookfield, WI, office by calling (414) 771-1228.