You might be surprised to learn that gum disease has few symptoms at first, so you could be at risk and not know it. Unfortunately, waiting too long to see your periodontist can lead to tooth loss. Severe cases, when left unchecked, are linked with serious medical conditions. Some of these include heart disease, as well as infection in various parts of the body from bacteria that gets to the bloodstream through damaged gums.

Your body will give you some warning signs that it is time to schedule an appointment with your dentist. If your gums look inflamed, change color from usual healthy pink to an angry red, or give you pain, you could have the start of periodontal disease. Many people think that bleeding while brushing or flossing is normal, but this is a myth. Bad breath that doesn’t go away over weeks or months is another symptom that there might be a problem.

Regular dental care will identify issues early, so you can schedule periodontal therapy before any permanent harm is done. When the roots of your teeth become infected, your dentist can clean them with a treatment known as scaling and root planing. More severe cases might call for taking out the damaged tissue, called root surface debridement.  While these sound unpleasant, particularly for the many who fear dentists, the latest sedation dentistry techniques guarantee that you will feel comfortable and calm throughout.

Losing teeth due to decay or accident can make you self-conscious, perhaps covering up your smile, because you are embarrassed. When dentures or bridges are not for you, your periodontist can help you with dental implants and other cosmetic procedures.

Call or email us to schedule an appointment for a complete check of your teeth and gums. Trust us to catch gum disease early, so we can treat it quickly and easily, before it becomes a serious concern.