Periodontal Disease Huntsville AL
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, one out of every two American adults has periodontal disease. You might find this surprising, but many people have periodontal disease and don’t even know it. In the earliest stages, periodontal disease often doesn’t have any symptoms, and it’s easy to write off the symptoms that do show up as something else entirely.
In addition to periodontal disease being so pervasive, it’s also much more concerning than many people realize. Recent research has linked periodontal disease to serious systemic health conditions, including heart disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes.
At King Dental, we take periodontal disease seriously. We will help you learn good home care techniques and practices to help prevent periodontal disease from getting started in the first place. Unfortunately, however, periodontal disease does have a genetic component and some people may be more prone to it, despite good home care habits. If periodontal disease has already taken hold, we’ll work with you to get it under control and treat any damage that has occurred.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is often simply referred to as gum disease, but this name can be a bit misleading. Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect the soft gum tissue; it also attacks the bone and connective tissues that hold your teeth in place.
The disease is a chronic infection caused by bacteria. The early stages of gum disease, or gingivitis, are often characterized by swollen, red, tender gums along with bad breath and bleeding when you brush or floss. You may have one or more of these symptoms – or even none at all. In this stage, small pockets form between the gums and the teeth and become a home for the bacteria that cause problems. When we catch periodontal disease early, we can often reverse the disease progression by performing a thorough cleaning, helping you improve your home care, and, if needed, adding antimicrobial products.
As the disease progresses, the pockets become larger and your gums start to pull back from your teeth, exposing the root surface. This leads to sensitivity and an increased risk of decay. Your teeth may begin to feel loose and, without treatment, you are likely to lose teeth. In fact, periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in U.S. adults.
Treating Periodontal Disease
We will work with you to determine the extent of your disease and help get it under control. One of the primary treatments we use at our Huntsville dental office is a deep cleaning therapy known as scaling and root planing.
This treatment removes the infection-causing bacteria from beneath the gumline and smooths out the surface of the tooth root to help prevent reinfection. Depending on the extent of the damage, we may also recommend surgery to eliminate the pockets and help the gums fit more snugly around the teeth.
Call Today to Schedule Your Appointment
The earlier we can catch periodontal disease, the easier it is to treat. If you’re due for a cleaning or if you have noticed any of the signs of periodontal disease, please call our office right away to schedule your next appointment.