Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatments
Gum disease is a serious condition that affects thousands of patients each year. While it’s easily treatable in its early stages, it’s important to catch it before it becomes too serious. Gum disease can complicate teeth straightening procedures such as orthodontics, and can even lead to tooth loss. Regular dental appointments at Sunset Dental in Piqua, OH can help you stay on top of your gum health and get treatment for your gum disease before it becomes severe.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
The symptoms of gum disease can be hard to spot, as they’re often symptoms of other conditions, as well. Still, if you have any of the following symptoms, you should be evaluated by Dr. Lytha K. Miller:
- Teeth or gums that are tender or painful
- Gums that are red, swollen, or bleeding
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
- Teeth that are loose or falling out
Treatment for Gum Disease
The most common gum treatment is a dual procedure called scaling and root planing. Your local dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic before cleaning the area underneath your gums, removing any plaque that might be building up. Your dentist will then smooth the surface of the tooth under the gums to give bacteria less space to multiply.
Once you’ve had scaling and root planing done, it’s important to stay on top of your dental appointments as the bacteria could return. Visiting our Piqua, OH dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup is necessary to make sure you keep your periodontal disease under control.
For the most severe cases of periodontal disease, we refer out to a local periodontist. If you’d like to make an appointment with your dentist to check on your gum health, give our Piqua, OH office a call at 937-773-8090 today!
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Dr. Lytha K. MillerDDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery)
I am passionate about dentistry and helping people achieve oral health. This is why I educate my patients about the connection between dental diseases and heart health, stroke, diabetes, and overall wellness.