Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an inflammation and infection of the gum tissues. Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults and Seniors. Periodontics involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease.
When plaque and tartar are left untreated gum disease may develop. You can reduce your risk of gum disease by regularly brushing and flossing daily. Dental exams and professional cleanings twice each year will help prevent and treat periodontal disease.
If you have red or swollen gums, sensitive teeth, gums that bleed from normal brushing or eating, chronic bad breath or pain chewing you could be suffering from gum disease.
Periodontitis is a more advanced form of gum disease. In this advance stage your gums begin to separate from teeth along the gum line. This can cause tooth loss, bone loss, and damage to gums.
Our hygienist can perform deep cleaning or scaling and root planing to gently and effectively remove tartar, calculus, and infected tissue. Dr. Chad Barney also offers soft tissue laser treatments. Soft tissue lasers provide precise high-quality treatments that are relatively pain-free and less invasive then other dental treatments.
No matter what treatment you decide on Dr. Barney will continue periodontal charting to monitor your gums health. Regular dental cleanings and visits will help ensure that proper treatments are provided to help prevent the disease from progressing further.