Periodontal Treatment in Allentown, PA
Did you know that periodontal disease affects one out of every two American adults age 30 and over? Periodontal (gum) disease is a chronic bacterial infection that attacks gum tissue and the bone that supports your teeth. If we don’t find and treat gum disease in its earliest stages, it can eventually lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems.
If your gums bleed when you brush or you find that bad breath lingers long after you’ve rinsed with mouthwash, you are probably seeing symptoms of periodontal disease. Bad breath and bleeding gums are just a few of the symptoms of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease).
Gum Disease – A Hidden Threat
At Evolve Dental Care, we take the treatment of periodontal disease very seriously. You see, it’s not just a problem that affects the health of your teeth and gums. Recent studies have shown that, without preventive treatments and proper hygiene practices, the bacteria present with severe gum disease can enter the bloodstream. These bacteria have been linked to serious health complications like heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Prevention is the key to avoiding gum disease. With regular dental visits and conscientious at-home oral hygiene, you may never have to worry about developing periodontal disease at all.
Treating Periodontal Disease
In general, a minor case of periodontal disease can be treated during a routine dental cleaning. However, if we find that your periodontal infection is more advanced, a deep cleaning will be necessary to eliminate the bacteria and infected tissue.
A deep cleaning involves removing plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria from your teeth and gums. The purpose of the deep cleaning is to remove infection and promote healing of gum tissue. If necessary, we may prescribe antibiotics to make sure that the infection is eliminated completely.
A gingivectomy is a procedure that’s necessary when advanced gum disease has opened pockets between the teeth and gums. These pockets may be difficult to clean properly with a traditional scaling and root planing treatment by our hygienist, and a gingivectomy may be required to completely remove bacteria. This deep cleaning treatment can be uncomfortable for some, but treatment with our soft tissue laser has proven to be a very effective alternative, with minimal discomfort, bleeding, and recovery time.
Fluoride varnish treatments are highly recommended as a preventive measure for adults ages 65 and over. If you’re an older adult who has been treated for gum disease, your dentist may have reshaped your gums. This process exposes tooth roots, which also can lead to decay. To protect your teeth's roots, we suggest a fluoride varnish or gel.
Protect Your Oral Health with Evolve Dental Care
Are you noticing symptoms that you think may be related to gum disease? If so, we encourage you to call our Allentown dental office to arrange an appointment for a professional cleaning with our dental hygienist. We’ll evaluate your situation and develop a plan for treatment that will get your periodontal disease under control and prevent future occurrences.
Our team looks forward to working with you to help you achieve the healthiest smile possible!