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Diagnosis and Treatment of Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, affects not only the mouth; it can also catalyze major health problems that compromise your overall health. Regular periodontal care is a critical part of preventing and treating gum disease. Dr. Carr and his staff, are dedicated to the idea of better overall health through dental care. With attentive care in a relaxing environment, our practice provides comprehensive periodontal care so that we can catch difficult and potentially damaging conditions before they progress.

In the early stage of periodontal disease (gingivitis), the gums become tender or swollen and can bleed easily when brushing. This can be controlled with increased attention to oral hygiene and basic dental treatment.

If left unchecked, the condition of the gums can deteriorate, and the gums can begin to detach themselves from the teeth (moderate periodontitis). Tiny pockets form, collecting plaque below the gum line. This can become very dangerous for the roots of teeth, as well as the gums.

When the deterioration of gums and bone tissue becomes extensive (advanced periodontitis), teeth may need to be extracted. The everyday functioning of teeth, like biting, chewing, and even speaking, can become dramatically reduced. Periodontal bacteria can also cause other serious health problems.

Visiting the dentist every four to six months for regular checkups is one of the most important things you can do for the health of your teeth and gums. If you experience any symptoms of gum disease – including red, swollen, or bleeding gums, we advise you to schedule an appointment immediately for a comprehensive oral exam. Oral examinations allow Dr. Carr and his team to detect signs of weakening gums or bone loss early. These symptoms are not visible, so professional periodontal care is critical to treatment.