Periodontal Disease Treatment in Columbia MD
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a serious problem that affects one out of every two American adults ages 30 and over. Gum disease is a chronic bacterial inflammation that attacks gum tissue and the bone that supports your teeth. If we don’t catch and treat it in its early stages, gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss and other serious health issues.
At the dental office of Jennifer Sokolosky, DMD, we see the serious risk that periodontal disease poses to your general and dental health. In most cases, however, regular professional dental cleanings and proper oral hygiene can help you avoid developing gum disease.
The Dangers of Periodontal Disease
You may think of gum disease as strictly an oral health problem because it starts in your mouth. However, recent research suggests that without proper oral hygiene and preventive treatments, the bacteria that cause severe periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream. This can lead to serious health complications like heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, and stroke.
If we don’t catch gum disease in its early stages, little pockets gradually develop around your teeth. These spaces provide a place for bacteria to hide and continue to grow, which allows gum disease to progress further. At this point, the infection will begin to cause serious damage to the tissue and bone supporting your teeth. In severe cases, it can even result in tooth loss. It’s important for us to do whatever we can to prevent this from happening because preserving healthy teeth is essential for protecting your oral health.
How We Treat Periodontal Disease
The earliest stage of periodontal disease is referred to as gingivitis and, in most cases, it can be treated with a professional dental cleaning and improved oral hygiene practices.
However, if our hygienist finds that gum disease has progressed to the next stage, periodontitis, a deep cleaning will be necessary to eliminate the bacteria and infected tissue. Depending on the extent of infection, Dr. Sokolosky may also prescribe antibiotics and schedule a follow-up deep cleaning. In severe cases, we will refer you to a periodontist for treatment that will prevent tooth loss.
During your deep cleaning, one of our highly skilled hygienists will gently remove plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria above and below the gum line. During this process, the surface of the tooth is smoothed so affected gum tissue can heal and naturally reattach to the tooth. Depending on the extent of infection present, it may be necessary to prescribe antibiotics.
Your Partner in Oral Health Care
Protecting your oral health is the reason we are here. Dr. Sokolosky and our team strive to provide you with the most effective, up-to-date dental health care available. We go out of our way to make you feel like part of the family and make sure that you feel welcome every time you visit our office.
Please call our Columbia, MD dental office to arrange your next exam and cleaning. Together we will work toward your goal of excellent oral health.