Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, affects the health of the teeth and gums. The early stages of gum disease can be reversed, but as the infection progresses, it can be difficult to treat. Dr. Elizabeth Duling offers periodontal disease treatment for patients in her Owens Cross Roads, AL dental office. She helps patients revitalize their oral health with restorative dental treatment.
The most common causes of gum disease are smoking, tobacco use, certain medications, and improper oral hygiene. Keeping on top of your dental health helps ensure that gum disease does not worsen over time. Periodontitis begins when harmful bacteria build up and form plaque on and around the gums. Plaque can irritate and inflame the gums, ultimately leading to painful symptoms.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease can manifest through multiple symptoms:
- Swollen gums
- Gum recession
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Gum irritation
- Mouth sores
- Loose teeth
Please contact our office if you have noticed mild to moderate symptoms of gingivitis or periodontitis. Our goal is to help our patients through in-office care or referrals to trusted specialists.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing removes plaque and calculus above and below the gum line. This treatment is a deep cleaning that smooths down the rough surfaces of the tooth roots to minimize future buildup. This procedure also helps the gums reattach to the teeth. We use a local anesthetic for scaling and root planing. Our dentists will take radiographs before and after to ensure all buildup is removed.
Preventative Dental Care
Gum disease treatment is a form of preventative dental care. After receiving scaling and root planing, make sure to maintain your oral health at home and schedule regular dental visits. We can also refer you to a periodontist for more advanced gum procedures or surgeries. Patients with moderate to severe cases of periodontitis may require gum grafts, flap surgery, or other often intensive procedures.
Contact Our Dental Office
Are you noticing signs of periodontitis like gum irritation or bleeding? Call our office at 256.202.4186 for care. You can also request an appointment with Dr. Duling online.