The importance of seeking periodontal treatment
- Posted on: Mar 30 2019
Periodontal disease is a serious condition that can impact the smile in a negative way. It is a condition that cannot be cured, only control, so prevention is imperative. However, if patients develop periodontal disease, having a dental professional by their side is essential in addressing the problem and keeping it from developing into bigger, more expensive issues.
What is periodontal disease?
Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is a condition that can impact the health of the smile. It is an infection that develops on the gum tissues and, if left untreated, can spread. The more progressive stages of periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis, can cause the loss of gum tissue, bone, and natural teeth. Because the condition can be so destructive to the smile, prevention is where it’s at. By taking care of the smile with routine brushing and flossing, as well as recall appointments with the dentist for cleanings and examinations, patients can keep this problem from developing in the first place.
What treatments are available for periodontal disease?
When patients are diagnosed with periodontal disease, they are often educated on the stage at which their condition has reached. The later the stage of disease, the more invasive the treatment needed. For example, if patients are in the beginning stages of periodontal disease, called gingivitis, they may be able to return the smile to its original health with a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums and an application of antibiotics. If the condition has reached the later stages of periodontitis, more invasive services such as scaling and root planing may be advised. This provides more cleaning and care for not only the exposed tooth structure but the roots of the teeth as well. It is often combined with oral and topical antibiotics to help address the infection at the source.
Are you faced with periodontal disease and are seeking treatment for your oral health?
Dr. David S. Frey is here to help! Patients in the area of Beverly Hills, CA are welcome to book an appointment at his practice to be evaluated for treatment. The office is located at 462 North Linden Drive, Suite 414 and can be reached by phone at (310) 276-4537.
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