Most Americans experience some form of periodontal disease, often without realizing it. Periodontal disease is chiefly responsible for adult tooth loss, bleeding gums, bad breath, and receding gums. The truth is that it is easily prevented with proper hygiene, home care, and professional treatment. If diagnosed in its early stages, gum disease treatments are easier, less invasive, and more effective. Your visit to Riverwalk Dental Spa + Sleep Apnea Solutions includes a complete evaluation of your gums and supportive tissues.
Periodontal, or gum, disease is a degenerative oral condition caused by the bacteria found in plaque. These bacteria infect and inflame the gum tissues, and can eventually cause bone loss, tooth loss, and gum recession.
Symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Loose teeth
- Painful chewing
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums, or teeth that look too long
The treatment our dentist will recommend for gum disease depends on the severity of your condition and your specific needs. Treatments for periodontal disease range from additional professional cleanings and improving your at-home oral hygiene routine, to scaling and root planing and antibiotic treatment, to gum surgery. We may refer you to a specialist if your condition is severe.
To learn more about periodontal therapy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and to make your appointment with Dr. Carrie Sessom, please call us today at 918-770-0027.