Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Care in Lone Grove

Good oral health involves more than healthy teeth. Your gums are also crucial for the wellbeing of your smile. Dental Care Center provides gum disease treatments and prevention. Drs. Michael D. Weaver and Zane M. Weaver help the families of Lone Grove and Ardmore protect their periodontal health.

Do You Have Gum Disease?

Gum disease is the irritation of the soft tissues by plaque and tartar. The initial stage, gingivitis, is characterized by inflamed or bleeding gums that can also feel tender every time you brush or floss. If left to progress into periodontitis, you may also experience receding gums and loose teeth.

However, gum disease affects more than just the smile. There is a connection between experiencing gum disease and having an increased risk for systemic health conditions. Diabetes and gum disease have the most direct correlation, but there are also links to heart disease, strokes, and Alzheimer’s.

What Treatment Options Are Available?

At Dental Care Center, Drs. Weaver have a few treatment options for both stages of gum disease.

Drs. Weaver prefers to use nonsurgical care as the first line of defense. When gingivitis is caught early, a regular dental cleaning can reverse the effects of the disease. Once periodontitis develops, scaling and root planing is often the most viable procedure. It deeply cleans out the bacteria from the surface of the tooth, both above and below the gum line.

Advanced periodontitis may require surgical treatment. A gingivectomy eliminates diseased portions of the gums to prevent the infection from continually spreading. Drs. Weaver use a dental laser to remove this tissue; this tool encourages a faster recovery and avoids the need for suturing.

Preventing Gum Disease in the Future

Although you may receive treatment for gum disease, it can easily reoccur unless you practice good at-home care in between your regular visits to Dental Care Center.

Flossing once and brushing twice daily will keep bacteria from building up and penetrating beneath the gum line. Using an oral rinse will also prevent bacteria, especially the microbes that are left behind after brushing. Most importantly, visiting your dentist twice a year will ensure that your gum disease will not return. Practicing each of these habits will allow you to enjoy a healthy smile for years to come.

Additionally, in some cases, Drs. Weaver can help prevent gum disease by way of wisdom teeth removal. Third molars often get caught beneath the gums as they erupt, which encourages the development of periodontitis. Removing these teeth prevents this type of infection from occurring.

Call Today for Your Periodontal Treatment!

Dental Care Center offers gum disease treatments to Lone Grove, Ardmore, and all nearby communities. If you would like more information about gum disease treatment or to find the right treatment option for you, contact Dr. Weaver and schedule an appointment!

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