Periodontal disease, which is also referred to as gum disease, has been linked to serious problems such as the loss of your teeth, heart disease, and diabetes. To prevent and treat gum disease, our dentists proudly utilize LANAP to effectively treat gum disease with less discomfort and faster healing. If you would like to learn more about treatment for gum disease in Lexington, South Carolina, we invite you to contact us at White Knoll Comprehensive Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul R. Downing, DMD today.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria inflame and infect the gum tissues, and when left untreated, can eventually cause the gums to pull away from the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss, and gum tissue recession.
If your gums are swollen, red, or tender, or if your gums bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease. Other common symptoms of gum disease include loose teeth, painful chewing, persistent bad breath, and receding gums that make your teeth appear longer than normal. Following an exam at our office, our dentists and team will be able to determine whether you suffer from periodontal disease.
The treatment for gum disease is based upon your specific dental needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, our dentists may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. We strive to help you restore your oral health and halt the progress of the disease. For more information on periodontal treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our office soon. We look forward to caring for your smile!