treatment of periodontal disease

Periodontal (Gum) Therapy

Periodontal Services

Like your teeth, your gums need regular care and maintenance to stay healthy. When you have your teeth cleaned, Dr. Minniti and your Dental Hygienist will look closely to determine if your gums have been affected by oral bacteria or infection associated with periodontal (gum) disease.

Periodontal Disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults.

Periodontal disease is progressive in nature; early signs include bleeding, red or swollen gums or a bad taste in the mouth. The bacteria connected to periodontal disease will continue their destructive path and eventually destroy gum tissue and underlying bone. Left untreated, teeth can become loose and fall out altogether.

Common signs of moderate to advanced periodontal disease include:

  • Gum recession or teeth that look "longer"
  • A change in the way partial dentures fit
  • Loose teeth and gaps between the gums and teeth
  • A change in the way teeth come together when biting
  • Visible gum inflammation, tissue redness or infection

What Causes Periodontal Disease?

Risk factors linked to periodontal disease include age, genetics, smoking, stress, teeth clenching and grinding, nutrition, and some medications. Some systemic health conditions have been linked to periodontal disease, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Periodontal disease does not hurt. Regular visits to the dentist, along with consistent brushing and flossing at home can go a long way in preventing this harmful infection.

Treatment for Periodontal Disease

With early detection, periodontal disease can often be treated non-surgically with periodontal therapy. Dr. Minniti and your Dental Hygienist will work together to treat the infection and clean the tooth root surfaces to help promote healing.

In extensive cases, Dr. Minniti may recommend periodontal surgery or grafting procedures to replace lost bone or soft tissue.

It's never too late to protect your smile. The best defense against periodontal disease is a complete dental examination with necessary xrays to look for signs of bone loss. Dr. Lorenzo Minniti and our Dental Hygienists are trained in periodontal treatments and have helped numerous patients in the Alpharetta, Milton and Cumming area take control of their oral health.

We invite you to Contact Us to schedule your next preventive dental visit.

Alpharetta Comprehensive Dentistry · Lorenzo Minniti, DDS, MAGD · 270 St. Claire Drive, Suite 105 · Alpharetta, GA 30004 · Ph. (678) 990-8590

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