Periodontal disease is a condition affecting the teeth and gums and will likely lead to complete tooth loss if not managed well. Unfortunately, this condition does not have any treatment options if not discovered early enough. Though it cannot be cured, we can help patients manage their symptoms.
Periodontal maintenance refers to a procedure where we perform deeper teeth cleaning than you can perform at home. Regular teeth cleaning with toothpaste or mouthwash does not reach all corners of the mouth. Consequently, food particles and bacteria can grow in pockets between the teeth and gums. If you have a history of periodontal disease, the bacteria will develop into tar and facilitate gum inflammation and tooth decay. To avoid this situation, patients must undergo regular maintenance. The primary care we offer includes check-ups, analysis, and cleaning. At Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry, we guarantee professional maintenance services, to protect your teeth from further damage.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease or periodontitis is a common condition typically caused by poor hygiene. Although preventable, once it occurs it is incurable. This condition affects the tooth and tissues around the tooth. In the initial stages, bacteria in the gums and cavities can lead to advanced bacterial infection. The infection consequently leads to the deterioration of gums and tooth loss if not treated or maintained accordingly. Periodontal disease can be identified by symptoms such as bleeding gums and bone loss which can be seen on an x-ray. When you come to us with a gum or tooth condition, we will diagnose you and determine whether you suffer from Periodontal disease or not. Since the condition can develop quickly and lead to tooth loss, you should get diagnosed as soon as you see the first signs or experience early symptoms.
What Happens During Maintenance?
Periodontitis maintenance is all about cleaning the bacteria from between your teeth and gums. Since the condition advances quickly, maintenance should be carried out every two to four months. When you come to us, we will give you a regular schedule for periodontal maintenance. The process involves reviewing any changes in your oral health or medications. Our full oral evaluation will also include complete cleaning above and below the gums.
Periodontal disease progresses slowly. In most cases, the disease starts developing without being noticed but manifests after the age of thirty-five. Given that it develops slowly, you can detect the condition in advance and prevent it from developing further by having regular dental check-ups. You do not have to suffer from a serious dental condition to talk to us. We accommodate consultations to prevent diseases such as periodontal disease.
If you suffer from Periodontal disease, do not wait until it is too late. Even if you see the slightest signs of gum disease like bleeding gums or soreness, come talk to us. We will diagnose the condition and start your treatment protocol right away. More importantly, we will schedule regular periodontal maintenance to prevent the condition from advancing. If you suffer from Periodontitis contact Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry on 425-868-0123 to book your appointment.