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What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is a severe form of gum disease that starts off as gingivitis. It is caused by bacterial plaque that congregates along the gum lines, eventually working its way under the gums and causing a detachment of the tissues surrounding the tooth. As a result, bone loss also begins to take place, making the tooth mobile. If professional dental care isn’t sought, the teeth can fall out. Thankfully, the experienced dentist at Andover Cosmetic Dental Group can help!

Diagram of Tooth Decay

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Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Gums that are swollen or bleed
  • Tenderness or swelling of the gum tissues
  • Bad breath
  • Visible tartar buildup along the teeth
  • Receding gums

Even if you’re genetically predisposed to having gum disease,it is possible to avoid it with dedicated oral hygiene and preventive care. Our Essex county dentistry team equips our patients with the knowledge that they need to reverse gum infections like gingivitis as soon as they start. If periodontal disease isn’t caught until it is in a more advanced stage, we can also provide therapeutic treatments to eliminate infection to prevent additional damage to your smile.

Treatments for Periodontal Disease

Andover residents can access comprehensive gum disease therapy at Andover Cosmetic Dental Group. Our dentists will create a customized care plan that typically includes a deep cleaning and maintenance program to prevent recurrence of the disease. Some patients may also need additional treatments such as locally placed antibiotics or gum grafting in the most severe areas of the disease. The plan for treatment begins with a periodontal screening that records all of the pocket depths around each tooth, giving us an intimate knowledge of the attachment levels throughout the mouth.

The earlier care is sought out, the less of an impact the disease can have on a person’s smile. Problems like gum recession or tooth loss can be completely avoided. For more information, call Andover Cosmetic Dental Group to schedule a screening with one of our dentists.

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