Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that can become progressively worse and eventually destroy the gums and other structures that support the teeth. This disease is dangerous to your oral health because it is a painless infection that becomes increasingly destructive unless you seek proper treatment.
The least invasive approach to addressing this disease is nonsurgical periodontal treatment. Conventional periodontal therapy is a two-part process consisting of scaling and root planing, also commonly known as “deep cleaning.”
Tartar is plaque that has hardened over time. Scaling is the process of carefully removing tartar from above and below the gum line. Root planing is a procedure in which the rough areas on a tooth are made smooth again. These rough spots are problematic, because bacteria tend to accumulate in those areas, contributing to the disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that half of Americans who are 30 years old or older have periodontitis, which is a more advanced form of periodontal disease. This amounts to more than 64 million Americans, so the detrimental effects of periodontal disease are potentially threatening to anyone.
Unfortunately, there are cases where nonsurgical periodontal treatment is not enough. Some conditions require surgery. So, if you notice that you have swollen or bleeding gums, loose or sensitive teeth and bad breath that persists, then these symptoms may be signs of periodontal disease. Please come and visit our office so we can assess your oral health.