Revitalize Gum Health with Periodontal Therapy in Edmond, OK
Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is one of the most common health problems on the planet, not to mention the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults. While initial symptoms may seem relatively mild and harmless, early diagnosis and treatment is absolutely essential for the sake of your oral health and overall quality of life – that’s why our Edmond team has made periodontal screenings a vital part of every routine checkup. If we determine that you’re experiencing an infection, effective therapy options are available to combat the damage and give your smile much-needed refreshment. Please contact us today to schedule your first appointment with Dr. John! Our practice welcomes patients from Nichols Hills, OK and surrounding areas.
Do I Have Periodontal Disease?
It’s important to remember that early cases of periodontal disease can be very subtle or even unnoticeable to untrained eyes; that’s why attending regular appointments with a trusted dentist and team is so important. However, certain symptoms can point towards the presence of a dangerous gum infection, such as:
- Gum tissue that regularly bleeds when brushing or flossing
- Gum tissue that appears suspiciously red, swollen, or tender to the touch
- Excessive bad breath that lingers even after practicing oral hygiene
- A receding gum line (teeth will appear longer over time)
How Do You Treat Periodontal Disease?
Once we’ve performed a thorough periodontal screening and determined the severity of your condition, our team is likely to recommend scaling and root planing as an effective deep cleaning procedure. During this service, infectious bacteria and plaque accumulation will be removed from underneath the gum line (the scaling portion), and the rough tooth root surfaces will be smoothed as well to prevent further dangerous build-up (the planing portion). Antibiotic therapy is also used as a valuable supplement that can target what remains of dangerous bacteria and help minimize the risk of further infection.