Periodontal treatment is specifically designed to help treat patients who are suffering from gum disease, an infection of the soft tissue and bone that surround the teeth. Initially, symptoms are subtle, including redness, bleeding, and irritation. However, advanced gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss for American adults. Dr. Pate and our Dentistry in Buckhead team will keep a close eye on your gums, and if you show any signs of this condition, we’ll quickly treat it. If you have red, tender, or puffy gums that bleed whenever you clean your teeth, be sure to contact us today. It’s always best to start treating gum disease in the earliest stages to avoid permanently diminished oral health.
Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar buildup at the gum line irritates and destroys soft tissue. Poor oral hygiene is the leading cause of gum disease, so maintaining proper at-home hygiene and visiting us for twice annual professional teeth cleanings are the best way to prevent gum disease. However, there are some other risk factors to keep in mind, including:
In the earliest stages, gingivitis, the signs of gum disease are subtle, and they can often go unnoticed by the untrained eye. That’s why it’s so important to visit our dental office for regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings. As gum disease enters the more advanced periodontitis stage, you will likely begin to see more noticeable warning signs, including:
Scaling and root planing treatment is the first line of defense against early-stage gum disease. This is the cleaning and removal of plaque, bacterial toxins and calculus from your teeth and root surfaces, as well as gum pocket irrigation.
As part of your periodontal therapy regimen, Dr. Pate may choose to apply an antibiotic directly under the infected gums to help suppress or eradicate harmful bacteria and to support healing. This antibiotic consists of thousands of tiny microspheres, each filled with a highly potent antimicrobial agent. It will initially harden into a wax-like texture slowly dissolve over the next few days, which will allow the medicine to reach even the deepest, most hidden bacteria.