Expert Dental Treatment for Periodontal Disease in Miami Beach, FL
Periodontal disease is a common condition in U.S. adults. It is a bacterial gum disease that ranges in severity from mild inflammation to major bone damage. Your Kmart Dental doctor can tell you if you have periodontal disease, and help treat you if you are diagnosed with this condition.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Some common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Inflamed or bleeding gums
- Tender or swollen gums
- Long-term bad breath
- Sensitive or loose teeth
- Pain when chewing
The Mildest Form: Gingivitis
Gingivitis is the name given to the condition where plaque builds up on teeth and causes minor inflammation of the gums. Plaque and its harder cousin, tartar, form from the combination of food, saliva, and bacteria in your mouth. Plaque is removed by brushing and flossing, but it can harden into tartar if it is not removed regularly.
If you are diagnosed with gingivitis, there's no need to worry. Our Kmart dentist, Dr. Steven Aaron, can help clean up the plaque and tartar and teach you how to prevent it from recurring. Once the plaque and tartar have been removed and are prevented from recurring, the inflammation should subside on its own without causing permanent damage.
More Severe Disease: Periodontitis
If the condition is not treated at the stage of gingivitis, it may progress to the more serious form, periodontitis. This condition occurs when the inflammation from plaque and tartar buildup cause pockets to form between the teeth and gums. Bacteria grow in these pockets and can start to wear away at teeth and bone.
Treatment for periodontitis varies depending on the severity of the condition. Minimally, a deep cleaning by a dentist is required. This removes plaque and tartar both above and below the surface of the gums. Sometimes, rough spots on the affected teeth are filed down so that bacteria cannot grow as easily in the crevices. Antibiotics will probably be used in some form. The options for these include mouth rinses, time-release chips or gels placed in the gum pockets, and oral drugs.
More severe cases of periodontitis may require surgery. Some surgeries are aimed at cleaning very deep pockets and tightening the gums around the teeth. Others involve bone or tissue grafts to replace or repair damaged structures, including teeth and gums.
How Our Dentist in Miami Diagnoses Periodontal Disease
The diagnosis of periodontal disease is usually very straightforward, although your dentist may want to take x-rays in order to see the extent of the damage. Besides taking x-rays, your dentist will measure the depth of the pockets between the teeth and gums as well as speak to you about your risk factors. If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, our Kmart dentist will suggest a course of treatment.
Prevent and Treat Periodontal Disease with Your Miami Kmart Dentist Today
To help prevent periodontal disease, we recommend that you schedule regular teeth cleanings with Dr. Aaron at our Kmart Dental office in Miami. Don't forget to brush and floss between cleanings! To make an appointment for a cleaning or to evaluate the condition of your gums, contact us today at 305-947-9001.