Gum disease can occur as a result of poor oral hygiene, unhealthy habits such as smoking, as well as certain medications. In addition to making your gums feel swollen and tender, periodontal disease can cause tooth loss and gum recession while affecting the overall look of your smile.
Millions of Americans suffer from gum disease. To combat this serious disease, Dr. Ron Shiver offers various forms of periodontal treatment at his office in Valdosta, GA. Our team can treat gum disease at various stages, but for the best results, we recommend visiting our office as soon as symptoms present themselves. Since gum disease does not always present symptoms in the earliest stages, we also recommend visiting us every six months for a checkup.
Periodontal disease is one of the most common health conditions in the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately half of Americans ages 30 and up have some level of gum disease. The most common symptoms of gum disease include:
When left untreated, periodontal disease can have very serious consequences including tooth loss, bone atrophy, and gum recession. It has also been linked to various systemic diseases including diabetes and heart disease.
Dr. Shiver evaluates patients for gum disease as part of every dental exam. He will check the depth of your gum pockets, which typically pull away from your teeth and become deeper if you have gum disease. Based on your symptoms, he may recommend scaling and root planing, or more advanced surgical treatment.
Early gum disease treatment can prevent the need for more costly restorative care.
Early gum disease is called gingivitis. In some cases, it can be reversed simply by improving your daily brushing and flossing routine. More advanced cases may call for scaling and root planing, more commonly known as a deep cleaning. During scaling and root planing, Dr. Shiver will remove plaque and tartar along and beneath your gum line. He will then smooth your tooth roots to prevent bacteria from collecting in the future and encourage your gums to reattach to your teeth.
In its most advanced stages, gum disease is called periodontitis and can lead to gum recession, tooth loss, and bone loss. After removing bacteria and infection from below your gum line, we can use a tissue graft to restore areas where gum tissue was lost. Bone grafting can also be performed to replace any recessed bone tissue.
Advanced gum disease is considered chronic, but it can be controlled. We can provide the ongoing care necessary to maintain your oral health.
If you have dental anxiety or a very sensitive smile, we can provide sedation during your periodontal treatment. We offer nitrous oxide sedation and oral conscious sedation for patients who want to feel deeply relaxed during their treatment.
Professional periodontal treatment can:
In addition, early gum disease treatment can prevent the need for more costly restorative care.
Dr. Shiver and his team are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. To help you cover any out-of-pocket expenses, we offer financing through CareCredit®. Start pursuing a healthier smile today by calling Ron L. Shiver DMD Family & Restorative Dentistry at (229) 213-0059 or booking an appointment online.