Periodontal Disease Treatment

Concord, NC

Welcome to Branchview Dental Care in Concord, NC, where we prioritize your smile. Your gum health is pivotal for your overall well-being, and our committed team is dedicated to providing you with top-notch periodontal care.

Periodontal disease, often overlooked until it advances, can lead to severe health complications if left untreated. Our state-of-the-art facility and experienced dental professionals are equipped to diagnose, treat, and help you maintain healthy gums for a lifetime. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, is an inflammatory condition affecting the tissues surrounding the teeth. In its early stage, known as gingivitis, the gums can become swollen and bleed easily. Without proper treatment, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis and advanced periodontitis, leading to the gums pulling away from the teeth, bone loss, and eventually, tooth loss. 

The condition is caused by the accumulation of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. When plaque is not removed through daily brushing and flossing, it hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional. The bacteria in tartar can irritate and inflame the gums, causing them to become red, swollen, and prone to bleeding. These are the early stages of periodontal disease.

How Is Periodontal Disease Diagnosed?

Early detection is key to preventing the progression of periodontal disease. At Branchview Dental Care, our comprehensive evaluation includes the below diagnostic processes.

  • Dental examination: We will perform a thorough examination of your gums, checking for any signs of inflammation.
  • Measurement of pocket depth: Using a special tool, we measure the depth of the space between your gums and teeth; deeper pockets indicate periodontitis.
  • Dental x-rays: X-rays help our team detect any bone loss around your teeth.

How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?

The treatment for periodontal disease depends on the severity and stage of the disease. In its early stages, known as gingivitis, periodontal disease can often be reversed with professional cleaning and proper at-home oral hygiene techniques. However, if the disease has progressed to a more advanced stage, our team at Branchview Dental Care may recommend additional treatments.

Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a common non-surgical treatment that involves cleaning beneath the gumline. This procedure, often referred to as a deep cleaning, removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line, smoothing the tooth root to help the gums reattach to the teeth. Scaling and root planing can be remarkably effective in halting the progression of periodontal disease.

Ongoing Maintenance
Following initial treatment, ongoing maintenance is crucial to prevent the recurrence of periodontal disease. We recommend regular check-ups and cleanings, typically every three to four months, along with a diligent at-home oral hygiene routine. Our team will work with you to develop a personalized maintenance plan that ensures the long-term health of your gums and teeth.

Regular Monitoring
Regular monitoring allows us to catch any signs of recurrence early and adjust your treatment plan accordingly. During your maintenance visits, we’ll examine your gums, measure pocket depths, and perform necessary cleanings or treatments. These visits are crucial to managing your periodontal health and overall well-being.

Maintaining Gum Health at Home

In addition to regular monitoring, it’s crucial for you to prioritize maintaining excellent gum health at home. This involves brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, ensuring you cover all surfaces thoroughly. Daily flossing is also vital to remove plaque and food particles between teeth and along the gum line. A recommended antiseptic mouthwash can further enhance your oral hygiene routine by targeting bacteria that brushing and flossing may miss. Our dental team may provide personalized guidance on specific tools or techniques to effectively clean hard-to-reach areas, ensuring a comprehensive approach to optimizing oral health.

Additionally, a healthy diet and lifestyle can contribute to maintaining gum health. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can provide essential vitamins and minerals for strong gums. Avoiding tobacco products is also crucial, as smoking or using other forms of tobacco can significantly increase your risk for periodontal disease.

PROTECT YOUR GUMS TO PRESERVE YOUR SMILE

At Branchview Dental Care, we understand the challenges that come with periodontal disease and are here to support you through every step of your treatment and recovery. With our advanced treatments and dedicated care, we’re committed to restoring your gum health and ensuring the longevity of your smile. If you have concerns about your gum health or have noticed any symptoms of periodontal disease, don’t wait to seek treatment. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards a healthier, happier smile.

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