Periodontal Care in Lawrence, MA
Millions of Americans are affected by gum disease — a preventable condition that can significantly impact the health and structure of your smile. If you have any form of gum disease, early treatment is essential in comprehensive treatment.
At Dental Partners Lawrence, we work with patients who are affected by periodontal disease in all forms. From the beginning stages of gingivitis to advanced forms of periodontitis, our doctors and hygienists can identify and treat gum disease, helping you to maintain a healthy smile.
If you are looking for a solution to the condition you are facing, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dental Partners Lawrence. With an examination, we can determine the extent of your gum disease and choose the best way to address it.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease comes in different forms, all of which should be addressed as soon as symptoms occur. Gingivitis is a milder form of gum disease that is characterized by inflamed gums. The condition is caused by tartar buildup that has been left on the tooth enamel for too long. As a result, bacteria penetrate tooth enamel and the gums, causing inflammation. Treatment for gingivitis with prophylaxis is administered during regular six-month routine maintenance.
If gingivitis is not treated and left to progress, it will eventually evolve into periodontitis — the most severe form of gum disease characterized by receding gums and loose teeth. Although it takes time for gum disease to worsen, each stage should be addressed so as not to cause further damage that could impact the rest of your body.
Your gums are the foundation of your dental health. The moment they begin to fail so too does the rest of your oral health. If you notice abnormalities with your gums, it’s important you receive treatment right away. Signs include bleeding, inflamed or receding gums. Bad habits like poor oral hygiene and a lack of professional cleanings can lead to gum disease.
Treatment for Gum Disease
Once gingivitis has advanced to periodontitis, the most effective method of treatment for gum disease is scaling a root planing, which involves a deep cleaning of the teeth and gum tissue. Scaling and root planing is designed to remove tartar from below the gum line and allow the gums to reattach themselves on to teeth.
The second half of the procedure involves smoothing over the exposed roots and removing any other toxins from the teeth. The degree of treatment you receive will depend on the severity of the gum disease you are facing. Your dentist will be able to determine just how in-depth your treatment needs to be and whether any additional steps should be taken to improve the health of your smile.
Once your treatment is complete, you can expect the health of your gums to improve drastically. You will experience better health and improved breath. With continued follow-up care every month to six months depending on each person’s needs, you can maintain the health of your teeth and body for a lifetime.
Call Today for More Information!
You can learn about scaling and root planing and gain more information about gum disease during an appointment in our office. Contact Dental Partners Lawrence today to schedule a consultation!