Periodontitis, or gum disease, goes beyond discomfort. Even if your teeth still look good from the outside, your gum disease can cause unrelenting bad breath and loose teeth that will eventually fall out. In Tucson, Arizona, Robert Badalov, DDS, PLLC, provides numerous periodontal treatments to restore the health of the soft tissues in your mouth. To find out if you have gum disease and what steps you should take to control it, call Dr. Badalov’s office or reserve your appointment online today.
Periodontitis, commonly called gum disease, is an infection of your gums. Many people neglect the soft tissues in their mouth while focusing solely on keeping their teeth clean. The condition is common, but it is also highly preventable and treatable.
Advanced periodontitis eventually destroys more than just your gums. It can wear away at your teeth and the bones that support them. You can prevent periodontitis by brushing your teeth for two minutes at a time, twice each day. Flossing once a day is also an essential part of healthy oral hygiene, and you must keep up on your six-month exams and cleanings with Dr. Badalov.
Periodontitis often appears slowly. It starts with a mild form called gingivitis characterized by mild gum inflammation and minor bleeding when you brush. Gums with periodontitis are in an even worse condition. Common indicators of periodontitis include:
If you notice these or other symptoms, it’s time to book a visit to Dr. Badalov’s office. If he discovers that you have periodontitis, he creates a strategy for your periodontal treatment.
Dr. Badalov and his team offer numerous methods of periodontal treatment to restore the health of your gums and protect your teeth from the resulting damage. He may recommend:
Scaling is the physical removal of plaque and tartar (bacterial buildup) from your teeth. A hygienist carefully scrapes them from the surfaces of your teeth.
Root planing is necessary after scaling if your gums have begun to recede. Dr. Badalov smooths the surfaces of the roots of your teeth to invite your gums to reattach.
If your teeth are coming loose because of periodontitis, Dr. Badalov may recommend periodontal splinting to stabilize them. During the procedure, he uses composite resin to connect the loose tooth in question to one of the stable teeth next to it.
If you notice signs of gum disease, call Dr. Badalov’s office or book an appointment online for periodontal treatment right away.