About 47% of Americans over age 30 have some type of gum disease. Experienced periodontist Johnny L. Smith, DMD, in Peoria, Arizona, helps stop gum infections and prevent disease progression to advanced gum disease and gingivitis with periodontal dentistry. To schedule an appointment, book online or call the office today.
Periodontal dentistry focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gum disease. In addition to your gums, gum disease affects the soft tissues and structures surrounding your teeth, including the alveolar bone and periodontal ligament.
Periodontists like Dr. Smith are experts at eliminating oral swelling. They also place dental implants.
Periodontics treats a group of health problems caused by plaque buildup on your teeth. Left untreated, gum disease increases your risk for health conditions like diabetes, respiratory disease, heart disease, and bone decay.
While twice daily brushing and flossing and twice annual visits to Dr. Smith for professional cleanings greatly decrease your risks of periodontal disease, there’s no way to completely prevent plaque. Common signs you may require periodontal dentistry include bleeding or swollen gums, receding gums, loose teeth, and bad breath.
As gum disease progresses, you might also notice that your teeth and gums are more sensitive than usual. If you notice your teeth don’t come together the same as they used to or your bite feels different, you should also seek periodontal care.
Since gum disease is caused by bacteria in your mouth, treatment requires removal of plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth and below the gumline. Dental cleanings with Dr. Smith involve closely cleaning along your gums and on your gums to destroy bacteria and remove potential infection.
For advanced gum disease, root planing and scaling clears plaque from below the gumline around the roots of your teeth. Once infection and buildup are removed you can focus on maintaining healthy gums and teeth.
Dr. Smith determines if periodontal dentistry is right for you after reviewing your oral and medical health history, performing a dental exam, and taking X-rays. Periodontal disease can be serious for both your oral health and general health. If Dr. Smith detects gum disease, he develops a customized treatment plan for you.
To find out if you need periodontal dentistry, schedule an appointment with Johnny L. Smith, DMD, online or by phone today.