Periodontal Services in Winchester VA
Periodontal Dentistry is a field of dentistry that is preventative and restorative in nature, helping clients prevent periodontal disease and restoring your gums back to health when necessary. When someone has periodontal disease, it means that an excessive amount of plaque and calculus or tartar have accumulated around the teeth, causing deterioration to the area surrounding your teeth, which can include the jawbone. If left untreated, periodontal disease will eventually begin to deteriorate the gums and bone.
The initial stages of periodontal disease are usually painless, which can be difficult to notice.
Signs and symptoms of developing periodontal disease include:
- Receding gums around a tooth
- Increased spaces between teeth
- Red colored, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus around gums and teeth
- Tenderness and discomfort
Apart from the risk of losing permanent teeth, there is numerous health risks associated with periodontal disease. This is why we make an effort to prevent the disease, and to save you from the unnecessary costs of periodontal disease.
To avoid increasing periodontal disease, patients should practice good oral hygiene, eat a balanced diet, and attend regularly scheduled dental appointments. Untreated periodontal disease can be dangerous, if there is any pain or discomfort surrounding your teeth or gums, it is strongly recommended that you visit our Winchester Dental office immediately.
Periodontal Health Hygiene & Treatments
Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. The first step is normally a thorough cleaning that may include scaling to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) beneath the gum line. The tooth roots may also be planed to smooth the root surface allowing the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth. In some cases, the occlusion (bite) may require adjustment.
Antibiotics or irrigation with antimicrobials (chemical agents or mouth rinses) may be recommended to help control the growth of bacteria that create toxins and cause periodontitis. In some cases antibiotics may be placed in the periodontal pockets after scaling and planing, in order to control infection and to encourage normal healing.
When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, it is difficult to thoroughly remove plaque and calculus. Patients can seldom, if ever, keep these pockets clean and free of plaque. Consequently, surgery may be needed to restore periodontal health.
We love our patients and always strive to provide friendly and professional dental care in a very comfortable environment. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation at our dental office in Winchester, VA. Focusing on family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and all your dental needs. Call us at (540) 667-3267.