Periodontal disease, or gum disease, attacks the bones and tissues that support your teeth. Gum disease is caused by the bacteria in plaque growing on your teeth and gums. The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. This only attacks the gums and other soft tissues around your teeth. Gingivitis causes:
- Swollen, red, and tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing
The second stage of gum disease is periodontitis. This spreads below the gums and attacks the tissues and bones that support your teeth. Periodontitis causes:
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus coming from the gums
- A change in your bite
- Loose teeth
If you see any of these symptoms, ask Dr. Nader and Dr. Resek about care for gum disease in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.
Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning procedure that is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease. During this treatment, our dentists not only clean your teeth; they also clean between your gums and down to the roots of your teeth. We will also smooth the surface of your roots, as plaque has more difficulty adhering to smooth surfaces. Oakmont Family Dentists also uses antibiotic treatments. The antibiotics reduce or temporarily eliminate gum disease bacteria. In addition, they can curb the destruction of the tooth’s attachment to bone.
Call our office today with any questions or to schedule an appointment.