If it’s already severe or still a mild case, the presence of periodontal disease requires attention immediately. If periodontal disease is left untreated, it can lead to significant tooth loss, as well as other possible complications with your overall health. At Kane Family Dentistry, Dr. Kane takes the threat of periodontal disease very seriously. If we detect signs during your routine cleaning appointments, our staff can offer several treatment options that fit your unique needs along with providing the revitalizing relief you deserve.
How do I know if I am suffering from Periodontal Disease?
Common Symptoms include:
- Oral bleeding that most of the time occurs when a patient is flushing or brushing their teeth.
- Bad breath even after diligent oral hygiene and/or mouthwash.
- A receding gum line (your teeth will appear longer and longer over time).
- Unusual loose teeth.
- Exposed tooth roots.
- Gums may look overly swollen or red.
- A rapid change in the way your bite feels.
Many cases in which periodontal disease may not show noticeable signs, until it has progressed to a more severe/dangerous stage. That’s why attending regular routine check-ups with Dr. Kane is so crucial for patients of all ages.
If you are only experiencing the initial symptoms, periodontal disease is relatively easy to treat. A thorough regular cleaning can reverse or treat gingivitis or the early ill effects as well as a thorough oral hygiene routine at home, which our team at Kane Family Dentistry can help you with.
If your case has progressed to the next level, we will typically recommend scaling and root planning. This in-depth cleaning involves removing plaque and toxins from the roots of your teeth, as well as smoothing them out to keep bacteria from reattaching over time. We may also recommend a strong mouthwash and/or an electric toothbrush, which can help keep your smile in the healthiest condition as possible. In advanced situations Dr. Kane may need to recommend you to a specialist so you can receive surgical care.
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