A beautiful smile requires a healthy foundation, and our treatments are designed to make very aspect of your smile the best it can be. Your gums, along with the ligaments and bone that hold your teeth in place, are called the periodontium. Drs. John Pinnix and George Betancourt can teach you how to preserve your periodontal health through excellent at-home care, and provide biannual exams to detect gum disease in the earliest stages, when it is easiest to treat. To learn more about periodontal care, contact our Charlotte, NC, office today.
Why is Periodontal Care Important?
Without proper care, your periodontal tissues can develop gum disease. Gum disease eventually results in the breakdown of your periodontal tissues, causing them to pull away from your teeth. Without the support of your periodontal tissues, your teeth can loosen, and may be eventually lost. Meanwhile, patients must understand that gum disease has repercussions that reach far beyond your smile. Gum disease can increase the risk of respiratory infections, pancreatic cancer, coronary artery disease, and other serious conditions.
About Gum Disease
Gum disease is a very common problem among patients of all ages. When it is detected early, gum disease is easily treatable. The stages of gum disease are:
- Gingivitis - Gingivitis symptoms include inflamed, irritated gums. During this stage, plaque begins to develop below the gum line, causing irritation to the periodontal tissues.
- Periodontitis - Once gum disease has progressed to periodontitis, the gums, bone, and fibrous tissue that support the teeth become compromised as pockets of bacteria begin to develop below the gum line.
- Advanced Periodontitis - The pockets of bacteria begin to loosen your teeth, and can result in tooth loss. This stage usually requires extensive treatment.
When you come in for your biannual cleaning appointment, we can diagnose gum disease, determine which stage of gum disease you have reached, and recommend an appropriate treatment.
Treating Gum Disease
In the early stages of gingivitis, the disease is often reversible simply through improved oral hygiene. As the disease progresses, it may require a deep cleaning, called scaling and root planing. During this procedure, your dentist or hygienist will carefully remove infected tissues from below your gum line and smooth the surface of your tooth roots to deter future bacteria accumulation. In the advanced stages, tooth extraction, gum grafting, and bone grafting may become necessary in order to restore the health of your smile.
Drs. Betancourt and Pinnix offer can restore the health of your smile, and help you maintain your oral health for the rest of your life. Even if you have reached a severely compromised state of oral health, we offer several restorative treatments to restore health, function, and aesthetics.
Periodontal care is easy and effective when you have the right guidance and regular care. Contact our office to schedule your cleaning, and to learn more about how to properly care for your teeth and gums. We look forward to helping you and your loved ones achieve and maintain excellent oral health.