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Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease services offered in Weston, FL

Seeing pink when brushing your teeth and spitting into the sink is often an early sign of periodontal disease. While you can avoid periodontal disease with diligent oral hygiene, treatment is available at Periodontist of Weston in Weston, Florida. Tamir Segal, DMD, can clear the infection and increase your comfort with professional periodontal disease treatment. To learn more about gum disease and how it impacts your health, call Periodontist of Weston or book online today.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a term that encompasses the stages of gum disease. Gum disease shows up when tartar, a layer of hardened bacteria, builds up on the surfaces of your teeth and makes its way under your gums. 

Over time, poor oral hygiene contributes to periodontal disease and makes it worse the longer you go without changing your habits. Periodontal disease starts as a mild form called gingivitis and progresses into periodontitis, a more severe type, as it worsens. 

Aside from poor oral hygiene, you might be particularly susceptible to periodontal disease because of certain illnesses, medications, genetics, and lifestyle choices like smoking or drinking alcohol. 

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease symptoms become increasingly severe over time as gingivitis progresses into periodontitis. At first, you might not notice any symptoms. Gingivitis can cause either no symptoms at all or very mild symptoms for a long time, which can lead you to neglect the dental work you don’t realize you need. 

You should schedule an appointment at Periodontist of Weston upon noticing these common periodontal disease symptoms:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Pain while chewing
  • Consistent bad breath 
  • Swollen or red gums
  • Gum recession
  • Loose adult teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity to cold or hot foods and drinks

The earlier you notice these symptoms and report them to your dentist, the easier it is to treat periodontal disease. 

What does periodontal disease treatment involve?

There are several techniques periodontists use to treat periodontal disease and ease your symptoms. Periodontist of Weston analyzes the state of your gums and teeth to decide on a treatment that is effective for you. 

If you have mild or moderate periodontal disease, treatment generally doesn’t involve surgery. Instead, gum scaling, root planing, and antibiotics often suffice. These processes clean the pockets that form due to gum recession and stop the spread of bacterial infection.

More severe cases of gum disease might require oral surgery. The team might recommend oral surgeries like flap surgery, soft tissue grafts, and bone grafting for tissue lost to gum disease. 

Schedule at Periodontist of Weston by calling the office or booking online today.