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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Periodontal Disease

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Do you have questions about our practice, the services we offer, or dentistry in general? We’ll be happy to give you all the information you need to make an educated decision about your dental care! We’ve found that informed patients are empowered patients, and we believe you should always have the final say in your dental care!

We’ve compiled a list of the questions we hear the most often. Go ahead and see if your question is answered here. If so, great! If not, give us a call or send us an email using our convenient online form on the Contact page. We’ll get back to you right away. 

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the gums and periodontal ligaments. Left untreated, periodontal disease can compromise your systemic health and lead to tooth loss.

family dentist | periodontal treatment huntsville alCommon Symptoms of Gum Disease

Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Toothaches
  • Loose teeth
  • Jaw aches
  • Jaw swelling
  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing or flossing
  • Bad breath

If you notice one or more of these symptoms, it is crucial to contact our Huntsville, AL dental office as soon as possible.

Our compassionate dentist treats periodontal disease aggressively but gently. In other words, you will be at ease as our dentist saves your smile.

At King Dental, we use everything from medications and rooting and planing to save your smile and your health. This requires a deep cleaning that reaches beneath the gumline. Based on the extent of your disease, our dentist may put you on an in-office schedule for periodontal treatment.

Our dentist may also recommend specialty treatments at home or suggest an increased brushing and flossing schedule.

king dental logo | gum disease treatment huntsville alGet in Touch with King Dental Today

Our Top Huntsville, AL dentist is here to help, and when you are under his care, you are in great hands! He treats periodontal disease successfully all the time.

Contact our dental office to schedule a periodontal assessment or dental exam today.

Are Bleeding Gums something to Worry About?

They might be.

Dental Patient | gum disease treatment huntsville alGums may bleed for a few different reasons, and it’s important to get to the bottom of it. Some possible reasons may be that you are brushing too hard or using a brush with bristles that are too firm. Improving your technique and changing your brush might be enough to solve this problem, and our hygienist will be happy to help.

Periodontal Disease 

Another reason that gums bleed is a bit more concerning, however. Gums that bleed when brushed or flossed is an early sign of periodontal disease, a chronic infection that can do serious damage to your gum tissue and the bone beneath. About one out of every two people in the U.S. has some form of periodontal disease, according to the CDC, so you’re not alone. If the disease is caught quickly, prompt treatment will help to resolve it. If the disease is more advanced, we will want to stop the progression of the disease and then we can discuss options to repair the damage.

Gum Disease Treatment in Huntsville, AL

If you’ve noticed blood in the sink when you brush, please call our office right away for an evaluation so that we can determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you.

Gingivitis is the beginning stage of periodontal (gum) disease. If you suffer from gingivitis, you might notice a few signs and symptoms, such as:

  • Bleeding gums during brushing and flossing
  • Chronic bad breath that doesn't go away with brushing or mouth wash
  • Gums that appear irritated, red, or swollen

Gingivitis is a condition that is tricky to diagnose on your own because it begins with very few symptoms and typically not much pain. It can also be slow to progress, so you may not notice the signs at first.

Diagnosing Gingivitis

This is why routine teeth cleanings and checkups with your Huntsville dentist every six months are essential. During these visits, your dentist can diagnose gum disease in its early stages, which allows you to be proactive with treatment, and even reverse the progression of gingivitis in some cases.

How Dr. King Treats Gingivitis

Gum disease treatment for gingivitis typically includes a thorough professional teeth cleaning and improvements to your home care routine. Many people can successfully manage gingivitis this way.

If your gum disease has advanced to periodontitis, you may require more substantial periodontal treatment such as antibiotic therapy, deep cleaning below the gum line, or sometimes surgery for very severe cases. 

Contact Our Huntsville Dental Office

Contact King Dental today for more information about gum disease or schedule your next appointment. 

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