Periodontal Disease Overview
Gum (periodontal) disease is a condition of inflammation in the gums, which may result in considerable damage to your oral health. There are several stages of periodontal disease that range from mild to advanced. The very first phase is gingivitis, which is brought on by a plaque buildup under the gumline. Without treatment, gingivitis may develop into the next phase, called periodontitis, which impacts the fibers and bone that support your tooth roots. Advanced periodontitis is the most serious phase of periodontal disease, which may cause loose or lost teeth. To take care of gum disease, Market Common Dentistry provides both surgical and nonsurgical treatments based on the seriousness of the disease, such as antibiotics, scaling and root planing, gum surgery, as well as extractions. When you have symptoms of periodontal infection, get in touch with our office in Myrtle Beach, SC to schedule an examination with Dr. James Mills.
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Best Candidates for Periodontal Disease
Gum disease in its earliest stage, gingivitis, is not easy to discover by yourself, which is the reason why it is very important to schedule yearly dental examinations at Market Common Dentistry. This provides Dr. Mills a chance to check your gums so he can recognize and address the problem before it affects your mouth and general wellness. As periodontal disease gets worse, signs will include swollen or red gums, bleeding due to regular flossing and brushing, a separated or receded gumline, and chronic halitosis (bad breath). At the subsequent phases of periodontal disease, you could also feel pain when chewing and sensitivity to cold and hot foods. It is crucial to schedule an appointment if you are seeing any of these signs so the disease can be corrected before it spreads to your whole body.
What to Expect with Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease treatments will be based on the seriousness of the disease. If Dr. Mills determines you have periodontal disease, he will discuss his suggestions for your treatment. In cases caught early, scaling and root planing (SRP) is usually done to clean out your gum pockets. In more serious cases, antibiotics can be taken along with numerous SRP procedures. Serious cases of gum disease generally need gum surgery, like pocket reduction or gum grafting.
Periodontal Disease Recovery
Based upon the stage of gum disease and treatment program, your recovery period will be different. You might need to make several appointments at Market Common Dentistry to completely address your periodontal infection. After your dental health is restored, you need to continue attending regular dental exams and cleanings at Market Common Dentistry. It is also advisable to keep a daily home dental hygiene regimen, including flossing and brushing. Dr. Mills may suggest an antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste to reduce your chance of getting another periodontal infection.
Plan Your Procedure
Periodontal disease will cause more damage if you do not get the appropriate therapy so it is necessary to get expert help when any signs occur. At Market Common Dentistry, we work with you to renew your gums and avoid future cases of gum disease. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mills, get in touch with our office in Myrtle Beach, SC.