Periodontal Disease

Van Wert Family Dentistry can help patients with periodontal disease by implementing a treatment plan that can stop the progression of the disease.

Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease or Gingivitis) is an infection of the gums that can destroy bone and other tissues that support the teeth. Periodontal disease develops when a sticky film of bacteria, called plaque, is allowed to build up on the teeth.

A coating of plaque constantly forms on the teeth.

With proper daily cleaning, most plaque can be removed before periodontal disease develops.

By brushing and flossing daily, you can help to prevent your gums from becoming irritated by plaque. In the early stages of periodontal disease, your gums may become red or swollen, and may even bleed. In time, your gums can separate from your teeth. Deep spaces, called pockets, can form. These pockets collect bacteria which can destroy the bone that anchors your teeth. If left untreated, your teeth may eventually become loose, fall out, or need to be removed professionally.

In most cases, periodontal disease can be prevented with good daily home care and regular professional care.

Professional cleanings are the only way to remove calculus, which traps bacteria along the gum line.

Depending on the stage of periodontal disease, your dentist and hygienist may suggest additional treatment, called root planing and scaling, and more frequent professional cleanings. As a last resort, gum surgery may need to be performed by a periodontist (gum disease specialist).