Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment for Periodontal Disease
Proper periodontal care is important for your oral and overall health. Unfortunately, many patients suffer from gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. To help restore the health of gums and smiles, Dr. Joe Jeppson can diagnose and treat periodontal disease at his Provo, UT, office. At Jeppson Dental, we offer a diverse range of treatment options. In many cases, we use advanced laser dentistry for thorough, efficient, and minimal-discomfort care. Thanks to our comprehensive treatment, we can help patients take control of their oral health and enjoy a healthy, attractive smile for years to come.
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease occurs when oral bacteria accumulates on your teeth and underneath your gums. This bacteria can lead to significant plaque and tartar buildups that cause gum disease. In most cases, the condition is the result of insufficient dental hygiene. For this reason, daily brushing and flossing, as well as professional dental cleanings, are vital. Genetics, smoking, certain medications, and additional health conditions can also contribute to the development of gum disease, making routine checkups with Dr. Jeppson necessary.
The Stages and Symptoms of Gum Disease
When bacteria first begins to build, it will accumulate along your gum line. In this early stage, the condition is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis can cause mild symptoms, such as inflammation and redness. However, if you do not seek timely treatment, gingivitis can quickly become full periodontitis. At this point, bacteria will form pockets in your gum tissue. These pockets can grow, loosening the connective tissues that support your teeth. The symptoms of periodontitis include severe gum inflammation, bleeding, gum recession, chronic bad breath, and loose or missing teeth. There is no cure for this advanced stage of the disease. Nevertheless, proper general dental care can help control the condition and prevent it from growing worse.
The Importance of Gum Disease Treatment
If you do not receive appropriate gum disease treatment, you may experience lasting dental damage. Without intervention, your gums can start to pull away from your dental roots. Eventually, you may experience widespread tooth loss requiring extensive restorative procedures. You may also suffer significant jawbone recession. In addition, gum disease has been linked to several serious systemic health conditions, including an increased risk for heart attack and stroke, as well as memory and respiratory issues. Appropriate periodontal care can protect your overall health and help preserve your quality and length of life.
Laser energy can effectively eliminate oral bacteria with little impact to the healthy parts of your gums.
Treatment Options for Periodontal Disease
There are several treatment options for gum disease. The right one for you will depend on the severity of your condition. If you have gingivitis, a routine dental cleaning is typically enough to restore your dental health. Once the disease progresses, you may require a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. During this treatment, Dr. Jeppson or a member of our staff will clean out the pockets of bacteria from your gums. We will also smooth your dental roots. This step will eliminate the rough patches where microbes can accumulate. Often, we will use advanced lasers to perform scaling and root planing. Laser energy can effectively eliminate oral bacteria with little impact to the healthy parts of your gums. The lasers will also seal your soft tissues. As a result, you should experience minimal discomfort and a short recovery time.
Preserve Your Health
If you are experiencing the symptoms of periodontal disease, do not delay important treatment. Contact Jeppson Dental today to receive thorough and effective care.