Periodontal Disease Treatment

man holding jaw in painDid you know that periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most common diseases on the planet? Even worse is the fact that a large number of people don’t realize their smile is suffering. While periodontal disease begins mildly, it quickly progresses and leads to dangerous consequences if left untreated including jawbone deterioration and tooth loss. That’s why our team at Parker Dental & Orthodontics makes the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease a priority. If you (or a loved one) hasn’t attended a dental check-up in the past six months, please contact us today to schedule an appointment. We have two locations in Mobile, AL (serving West Mobile and University patients), one in Hurley, MS, and one in Vancleave, MS for your convenience.

How can I tell if I have periodontal disease?

It’s important to remember that many cases of periodontal disease don’t exhibit obvious symptoms until they’ve reached advanced stages. That’s why attending regular check-ups with our team is so important when it comes to preserving the vitality of your teeth and gums. There are some tell-tale symptoms that patients can keep an eye out for including:

  • Gums that are swollen or red
  • A sudden change in the way certain teeth or overall bite feels
  • Teeth that appear longer (a sign of a receding gum line)
  • Persistent bad breath that lingers even after brushing/flossing/using mouthwash

Revitalizing Treatment Options

If our team determines you’re suffering from periodontal disease over the course of your regular check-up, your recommended treatment plan depends on the severity of your current condition. For mild cases, more diligent oral hygiene at home may be enough to reverse any ill effects. When faced with moderate damage, an in-depth cleaning known as scaling and root planing can be very effective, as well as antibiotic therapy. In very severe cases, surgical intervention may be required. Our doctors work with you to determine the best course of action and provide relief as soon as possible.