If you have gum disease, our dentists at Pro Solutions Dental Group can provide you with periodontal therapy to help eliminate harmful bacteria and begin healing your infected gums. To learn more about treatment for gum disease in Prescott, Arizona, and to set up your appointment with Drs. Jason Campbell and Rick Farnsworth, call our office today at 928-776-1208.
Our practice is pleased to offer periodontal therapy for patients with periodontal disease. In its early stages, periodontal disease is most often referred to as gum disease or gingivitis. It is an infection of the gums surrounding your teeth, and, if left untreated, it can cause major, permanent damage.
Preventing periodontal disease in any form is essential to maintaining a healthy smile. One of the best ways to fight against gum disease is to maintain consistent and excellent oral hygiene, particularly flossing. Brushing can help keep your teeth and gums clean, but flossing can reach between the teeth and down into the gum line, where gum disease forms. Anyone is susceptible to developing gum disease, so it is important that patients of all ages engage in regular and good oral hygiene.
If you develop gum disease and do not get it treated, it will progress into its more severe stages, known as periodontal disease. At this stage, the condition is irreversible and may cause tooth, tissue, and bone damage. Periodontal disease has also been shown to affect your overall health and has been linked to being a partial cause to strokes, heart conditions, and diabetes. Because symptoms are typically not evident until there is bone loss, it is important to visit your dentist regularly to check for signs of periodontal disease and receive any necessary treatment.
Periodontal therapy, in some cases, can include non-surgical treatments such as scaling and root planing, and deep cleanings; both treatments help remove bacteria and plaque that have built up in the gums. Antibiotics can also be used in conjunction with these treatments. If your periodontal disease has progressed and caused tooth damage, our dentists may recommend dental implants or bridges.
Surgical treatments are also possible if the disease has caused bone or tissue damage. The most common surgical treatments are tissue or bone grafts, where damaged areas are resurfaced to help discourage additional bacteria growth. Gingivectomy is another surgical procedure that may be performed. In this treatment, excess tissue that has formed from gum pockets is removed and tooth shapes are restored.
If you have any questions about periodontal therapy, or about which treatment may be right for you, we invite you to visit or call our office today. Our dentists can recommend the best treatment for your condition.