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Periodontitis & Gum Disease in Canton, GA
Gum disease is a very common disease. In fact, it’s one of the most common diseases among human beings, and it is estimated that more than half of Americans have some form of gingivitis or periodontitis.
At Riverstone Dental Care, our judgement-free team is always happy to help any patient who is suffering from any form of gum disease. Our doctors and in-house periodontist Dr. Alex Mehraban have extensive knowledge and training when it comes to treating periodontal disease, so you won’t have to be referred to a different practice for advanced periodontal treatment.Contact Us
How do you fix periodontal disease?
Periodontal treatments usually begin with a complete gum evaluation and periodontal therapy, which involves scaling and root planing. Scaling is a term for a deep dental cleaning that goes beneath the gum line into the gum pockets to remove built-up plaque and tartar. Root planing involves cleaning and smoothing out the roots of the teeth so that the gums can reattach to each tooth.
Periodontal therapy often occurs over the course of several appointments, so that each section of the mouth is carefully examined and cleaned properly. Our team may also prescribe antibiotics in the form of medicated mouthwash or a topical treatment. In more serious cases, surgery or laser therapy may be required, which can be performed by our specialist, Dr. Mehraban.
What are the stages of periodontal disease?
Gum disease begins as gingivitis, which then develops into mild, moderate, and severe periodontitis. Gingivitis can be easily cured with routine visits to the dentist and a thorough, twice-daily oral care routine. Periodontitis however, requires a custom treatment plan from a dentist.
Gum disease can be difficult for patients to diagnose on their own, as the symptoms can be mild. However, if you are experiencing gum inflammation, soreness, redness, or bleeding, you may have some form of gum disease. Our team will be able to form an expert diagnosis based on your symptoms and a dental examination.
Does periodontal disease have to be treated?
While gum disease is common, periodontal disease should not be left untreated. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss as well as bone loss in the jawbone, and it can require full or partial dentures or surgery. Periodontal disease can also lead to serious health problems like an increased risk of heart disease and a weaker immune system.
At Riverstone Dental, our judgement-free team is always happy to help any patient who is suffering from any form of gum disease.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mehraban, please reach out to our team and we will get it scheduled for you.
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