Olive Chapel Family Dentistry
Dustin J. Prusik, DDS
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Gum Disease and Periodontal Treatment Explained

November 14, 2020
Posted By: Olive Chapel Family Dentistry
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Gum disease—also called periodontal disease—is a preventable oral health condition that requires treatment to save your teeth and prevent systemic health issues. It is typically caused by poor oral health or lack of dental care and points to a series of infections in the tissues that support your teeth.

Your 27502 dentist and his compassionate team have a lot of experience improving oral health in the face of gum disease. And when it comes to maintaining your oral health and body wellness, we are with you every step of the way.

Signs of Periodontal Disease

Signs of periodontal disease can be vague in the beginning—called the gingivitis stage. You may notice bleeding gums when you brush and floss and some or all of the following:

  • Bad breath
  • Toothaches or sensitivity
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Loose teeth or gum pocketing

If you notice bleeding gums or other oral health changes, it is important to seek periodontal treatment in Apex, NC as soon as possible. In the gingivitis stage, the problem is reversible—periodontitis is only treatable.

Treating Your Gum Disease in Apex, NC

Gum disease typically requires an ongoing schedule of specialized dental cleanings and a more customized at-home brushing and flossing routine. Your dentist will also recommend you quit smoking to help promote healing.

Deep cleanings in our Apex dental office can mean below the gum line. You may also require antibiotic therapy to stop the progression of your gum disease.

In some cases, we recommend dental surgery to remove infected tissues or specific teeth to save your oral health.

Contact Our 27502 Dentist Office for Gum Disease Treatment

Many patients who suffer from dental anxiety or who did not have access to dental care for a few years may be at risk for gum disease. Our team does not judge, but we do understand. Count on compassion and gentle hands as we see you through gum disease to a healthier smile. Contact Olive Chapel Dentistry at (919) 335-6133 to schedule a periodontal exam!

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