Periodontal dentistry prevents, diagnoses, and treats periodontal (gum) disease. Our dentists devote their time, energy, and skill to help patients care for their gums. Periodontal disease is a disease and infection in the gums that slowly damages the support of your teeth. The primary cause is bacteria which harbors in plaque. The plaque that is not removed hardens to become tartar. Plaque causes gingivitis, which is an infection and inflammation of the gums around the tooth. If left untreated, it may progress to Periodontitis which is a more serious infection of the ligament and bone surround the root of a tooth. This may lead to tooth loss and is associated with other health complications such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Signs and symptoms of Periodontal disease include:
-swollen, red, or tender gums
-bleeding gums during and after brushing
-constant bad breath or bad taste
-formation of deep pockets between gums and teeth
-shifting or loose teeth
-changes in your bite
-changes in the way your partial dentures fit
At Desert Dentist, we provide treatment services in order to prevent and combat periodontal disease.
-Deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) – removes tartar from above and under the gum line
-Lasers may be used to control bacteria growth.
-Medications – the placement of antibiotics such as Arrestin and Atridox prevent the growth of bacteria