Periodontal Disease Treatment
The onset of periodontal disease occurs for a number of reasons. Poor dental hygiene and genetics greatly contribute to its diagnosis, but no matter what the cause, periodontal disease is a serious oral health problem that can be treated in Dr. Matthew Milana’s Phoenix office.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease occurs when the gums and jaw bone become inflamed and infected. The infection begins when the bacteria in our mouths harden onto our teeth, creating tartar. The tartar that is not regularly removed from our mouths begins to integrate itself into the gum line, which causes gingivitis – a mild and easily treatable form of gum disease.
If gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontitis, which means that the gums have begun to pull away from the teeth. When the gums recede, pockets form that can become easily infected and which also cause the body’s immune system to respond. The combination of infection and the body’s natural response causes bone ad natural tissue to break down, which can lead to teeth becoming loose or falling out.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
Dr. Matthew Milana offers periodontal disease treatment in his Phoenix office for patients who have received a proper diagnosis.
Some signs of periodontitis include:
- Constant bad breath
- Bleeding or swollen gums
- Loose or sensitive teeth
- Sensitive or sore gums
- Painful chewing
Any one of these signs could be the beginnings of gum disease. Call Dr. Matthew Milana today to schedule an appointment.
Periodontal Disease Treatment in Phoenix
In his Phoenix office, Dr. Milana will assess your medical history and determine any factors that would lead to periodontitis. He will then take x-rays and examine your gums in order to design an accurate treatment plan. To control the infection, Dr. Milana may use:
Laser therapy is a non-surgical procedure used to reduce bacteria in the pockets created by the infection. Laser therapy is helpful when removing the inflamed lining of these pockets and has also been shown to remove bacteria from root surfaces.
Scaling and root planing treatment, also known as a deep cleaning, is a non-surgical procedure that works to remove the plaque and tartar that has built up and led to gum inflammation. Scaling and root planing eliminates the infection from the gums and is currently the most effective method when treating periodontal disease.
When treating gum disease, the goal is to determine how to prevent further damage to the mouth. Dr. Matthew Milana provides comprehensive periodontal disease treatment so that you can regain a healthy smile.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Milana, call our Pheonix dental office today!