Periodontal Disease Treatment
You might think that periodontal disease is something that rarely affects people, but according to the American Academy of Periodontology, almost 50% of Americans are suffering from periodontal disease symptoms. Most of the patients are not even aware of these symptoms, and those who schedule regular dental checkups benefit from their dentist treating them in time. It's
imperative that you be proactive when it comes to your dental health and schedule regular checkups with your dentist.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontitis is the inflammation of gum tissue caused by bacteria that have been allowed to build up on your teeth and underneath your gums. This is caused by improper dental hygiene and other factors like smoking, teeth decay, genetics, and many types of physical injuries. There are a couple of stages; gingivitis (inflammation) is the first sign that there is an underlying problem. You are advised to consult a specialist when the first symptoms appear. When left untreated, the disease progresses, and the gums start to recede. This recession eventually results in the loss of tooth stability and loss of teeth.
Why Do You Need to Treat Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease may begin as a minor condition, but given enough time to develop, it can cause serious health issues. Bleeding and painful gums, loss of teeth and bad breath are only the beginning. This condition causes constant inflammation that can severely damage your immune system, resulting in damage to your heart. Considering that gum disease treatment can be relatively simple when caught early and that Tempe Smile Design specialists have successfully treated hundreds of patients, treatment is a viable and wise decision. And it is a disease. It must be maintained to keep it under control, just as diseases such as diabetes must be maintained by your physician.
How Do You Know You Have Periodontal Disease?
You can quickly check if you have it by going through this list of symptoms;
- Bad breath
- Swollen or red gums
- Tenderness and pain when you eat and drink
- Receding Gums
- Bleeding while brushing and flossing
- Plaque and tartar buildup and color change of both teeth and gums
- Signs of inflammation with increased temperature and overall immune system response
Tempe Smile Design
Contact Tempe Smile Design If you have these symptoms but are not sure that periodontal disease is the cause, schedule an appointment and consult with one of our specialists. Treatment, in mild cases, includes regular checkups and cleanings with only more severe cases needing medications and, if necessary, minor surgery. Your chances of restoring your gums are overwhelmingly positive provided you treat it on time. Give us a call to schedule an appointment (480) 829-8200 at Tempe Smile Design.