Periodontal Therapy – Toledo, OH

Stop the Complications of Gum Disease

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Did you know your gum health is equally important as that of your teeth? The biggest threat to your gums is a preventable infection called periodontal (gum) disease. Although it can be avoided with the right oral hygiene habits, it’s estimated at least 50% of Americans have the infection. Not to mention, it’s the leading cause of tooth loss in the U.S. You don’t have to let it wreak havoc on your smile. We have the personalized solutions you need with periodontal therapy.

What is Periodontal Disease?

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Periodontal disease is an infection in the gingival tissue that occurs from bacteria found in plaque and tartar buildup near the gum line. It irritates and infects the tissue, leading to inflammation, redness, and bleeding. Unfortunately, the complications don’t stop there. If the infection continues to progress, it can lead to tooth loss and many general health concerns, like heart attack and stroke.

What are the Symptoms of Periodontal Disease?

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The symptoms of gum disease are often subtle, but they can advance quickly without the right treatment. It’s best to contact our office at the first sign of a problem, such as:

  • Redness or inflammation
  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum recession
  • Pus near the roots of the teeth
  • Loose teeth

Why Do I Need Periodontal Therapy?

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Initially, the symptoms of gum disease may not seem alarming; however, you need treatment right away. The infection will destroy the supporting structures of your teeth, which can ultimately lead to tooth loss. Sadly, the complications of periodontal disease are a little more severe than an incomplete smile.

The bacteria from the infection can enter your bloodstream from the pressure of regular chewing. As it circulates throughout your body, it increases your risk of several health concerns, including cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetic complications.

Our office uses proven solutions to stop the infection and save your smile. We’ll create a personalized treatment plan that may include antibiotic therapy or scaling and root planing.

Scaling & Root Planing

Also known as a deep cleaning, the two procedures remove any accumulations near your gum line to allow the tissue to heal. After an initial consultation, you are scheduled for your procedure. We may recommend more than one visit to treat your entire mouth.

A special dental instrument is used to clean above and below the gum line, called scaling. This cleans out the spaces between your gum tissue and your teeth to remove bacteria. Finally, another instrument is used to smooth the root surfaces of your teeth. This allows your gum tissue to reattach to your roots to form a tight seal against bacteria.

We may recommend more frequent dental cleanings to help keep the infection at bay. With a proactive approach to your oral hygiene, you can prevent gum disease from reoccurring.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you have signs of gum disease, don’t wait until it is too late. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for periodontal therapy. We’ll restore your smile to optimal health.

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