Periodontal disease is a common infectious condition that affects the gums. It can range in severity, with mild cases resulting in simple inflammation and severe cases resulting in damage to the soft tissue and bones that support the teeth and mouth. When the condition is left untreated, it can result in tooth decay and loss.
Unfortunately, periodontal disease can be difficult or impossible for people to detect without an oral examination by a dentist. That’s why it’s so important for people to make regular appointments to see their dentists. People with common periodontal risk factors, including smoking, diabetes, genetic susceptibility, and those who take certain medications that cause dry mouth or reduce the flow of saliva, should get frequent oral check ups to diagnose and treat early signs of this condition.
What Are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?
Not everyone with periodontal disease will have obvious symptoms. However, if you notice any of the following, it’s vital that you make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible to get your teeth and gums examined for signs of infection:
- Persistent bad breath that doesn’t go away after brushing or flossing
- Red, swollen, tender, and bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth that have started to shift
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Receding gums
How Is Periodontal Disease Diagnosed?
Dr Hnarakis is a certified Periodontist and uses a variety of techniques and evaluations to determine if a patient is suffering from periodontal disease. This includes:
- Visually examining the gums for signs of inflammation
- Using a special device to check for any measure pockets around teeth
- Taking an X-ray to determine if the disease has resulted in any bone or tooth loss
How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?
If our dental team determines that you’ve developed or are in the process of developing periodontal disease, we’ll immediately build a treatment plan that’s designed to stop and even reverse the course of the disease.
Common treatments for periodontal disease include a deep cleaning, which involves removing tartar and plaque with precision instruments and lasers, as well as antibiotic medications. In severe cases, surgical treatments may be necessary.
Stay on Top of Your Oral Health – Call Clarksville’s Top Dental Clinic
Periodontal disease can take people by surprise—especially when it’s symptoms are mostly hidden in its initial stages. Dr. Hnarakis is trained to find and treat even the earliest stages of this disease, saving our patients time and money while protecting their dental health. Contact our Clarksville dental experts today by calling (931) 906-8800.