NW Heights Dental offers periodontal treatments for all stages
- Posted on: Feb 28 2019
Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert of NW Heights Dental understand the importance of a beautiful and healthy smile. When patients have let their oral health habits go by the wayside, they may be putting their smile at risk for conditions such as tooth decay and periodontal disease. When periodontal disease (or gum disease) develops, it needs to be treated to avoid the later, more damaging stages.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, sometimes called gum disease, is an infection that often begins in the soft tissues. If untreated, the infection can spread to other areas of the smile and result in the loss of bone and natural teeth. Early detection and intervention is essential to keep the smile healthy and to avoid damage of the smile. The type of treatment needed for periodontal disease will vary greatly depending on which stage the condition has reached.
The earliest stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. This is the first stage that can be reversed with a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums. Patients with gingivitis may notice problems such as red, swollen gums or bleeding when they brush and floss their teeth. If gingivitis is not addressed with the help of a dentist, it can advance to the later stages or “periodontitis.” This is the point when patients may begin to notice more aggressive changes to their smile. Pockets may develop between the gum tissues and the teeth, which can harbor more bacteria and contribute to the infection. Patients who have later stages will begin to notice loosening and even loss of the teeth, and x-rays by the dentist will show bone loss. The only treatment at this point includes antibiotics and a more invasive cleaning called scaling and root planing. Patients may also need to see the dentist on a more regular basis, typically every three months, for treatments to bring the smile back to health.
NW Heights Dental is here for you!
If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease and are seeking treatment, contact the team of NW Heights Dental. Our team encourages patients to obtain the appropriate treatment for the stage at which their condition has reached to help restore the smile back to its original health. Contact the practice at (503) 646-1463 and visit at 975 NW Saltzman Road today in the Portland, OR area.
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