Dr. David Lamothe of Smyrna Dental knows that many of his patients take good care of their smile every day, but even then, issues can arise. One of the most damaging effects of poor oral hygiene is gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is an irreversible condition that causes inflammation and infection of the gum tissue. It needs to be addressed as soon as possible to control it and maintain a healthy smile. Dr. David Lamothe offers some of the best gum disease treatment options in his practice and can choose the one best suited for each case.
The type of gum disease treatment is determined based on the needs of the patient. It is also based on the stage the condition has reached. The initial stage, known as gingivitis, is a mild condition that can be reversed. This is done with a professional cleaning during which plaque, tartar, and bacteria are removed from the gum tissue and the surfaces of the teeth. Patients are also educated on ways to properly brush and floss their teeth for effective maintenance of the smile.
Patients who ignore the signs of gingivitis may develop the later stages of periodontal disease known as periodontitis. Periodontitis can result in many problems including the gum tissue pulling away from the teeth, bone loss underneath the gums, and the loosening, and even loss, of adult teeth. Before the condition advances to this point, patients should see a dentist for gum disease treatment. Typically, this will include scaling and root planing, a more invasive procedure to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the teeth, underneath the gum tissue, and on the roots of the teeth. This is the most thorough way of immediately addressing the problem. Patients may also be put on a regimen of antibiotics to control the infection and they are encouraged to visit Dr. David Lamothe on a more frequent basis for examinations, cleanings, and any further treatments (678) 374-3764.