If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you will benefit from Dr. Yum’s periodontal therapy. He offers several treatment options and will carefully select the right one for you.
What Is Periodontal Therapy?
Gum disease occurs when harmful oral bacteria accumulate in your mouth. During the early stages, or gingivitis, the condition simply causes mild to moderate gum inflammation. However, when the disease progresses to full periodontitis, pockets of bacteria form in your gums, causing the soft tissues to pull away from the underlying bone. Periodontal therapy is designed to eliminate these harmful bacteria and prevent further damage to your oral health.
The exact steps of your treatment will depend on the severity of your disease. Dr. Yum will provide a thorough evaluation and determine the treatment that is most suited to your condition. In many cases, a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and planing, is the most effective option. The dentist will remove all bacteria from your gums before smoothing the rough places on your dental roots. These patches often attract bacteria, so the procedure can prevent a flare up of your gum disease. If you have a more severe case of periodontitis, Dr. Yum may recommend more aggressive treatment.
Understanding the Importance of Periodontal Therapy
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. With our periodontal therapy, Dr. Yum may be able to save your smile and prevent the need for more extensive restorative treatment. Additionally, gum disease can cause significant gum recession. Oral bacteria can even move into your jawbone, affecting your facial structure. In severe cases, you could experience a dangerous bone infection due to untreated gum disease. For all of these reasons, it is important to seek periodontal treatment as soon as possible.
Please note that once your condition has progressed beyond mild gingivitis, there is no cure for gum disease. However, timely treatment can keep your symptoms under control. You should also undergo routine screenings, so Dr. Yum can monitor your condition.
Are You a Candidate for Periodontal Therapy?
If you suffer from the symptoms of gingivitis or periodontitis, ask Dr. Yum about periodontal therapy. Potential symptoms include:
Red, inflamed, or irritated gums
Loose or missing teeth
Tooth or gum sensitivity
Loose dentures or a changing jaw structure
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