Dentists have been urging their patients for decades to take good care of their teeth to avoid the development of damaging conditions such as tooth decay and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, or “gum disease,” is an infection that can be prevented with proper oral health care habits at home. When it forms, it can become damaging to the gums, bone, and teeth. With a proper diagnosis in the earlier stages, most patients can bring their smile back to health under the care and supervision of their dentist. If left untreated, patients will experience extensive damage and problems that will impact their oral health.
How periodontal disease forms
When patients fail to take good care of their teeth and gums, they are putting their smile at risk of developing this infection. The infection begins in the gum tissues, which is how it received the name “gum disease.” However, the bacteria can spread and result in the recession of gum tissues. This puts the bone of the jaw and the natural teeth at risk. Patients with severe, untreated periodontal disease may experience problems such as tooth loss caused by the shrinking of bone and soft tissues in the mouth.
How is periodontal disease treated?
The treatment of periodontal disease will be determined based on the stage at which it has reached and the damage it has caused. The earlier stage, referred to as gingivitis, can be easily treated with antibiotics and a thorough cleaning of the teeth in the dental office. Later stages may benefit from more aggressive treatments including scaling and root planing. Treating periodontal disease as soon as possible can reduce the risk of permeant oral health issues.
Have you been diagnosed with periodontal disease?
If you have had an evaluation with a dentist and have been told that you have periodontal disease, it is essential that you seek treatment as soon as possible with a dental professional you can trust. Dr. Michael Westman and his staff work together to help new and current patients bring their smile back to health after the development of gum disease. Call (262) 639-7000 to schedule a visit at 4944 Charles Street in Racine, WI. Our team is pleased to help you achieve a healthy smile, even when an infection forms.