Failing to practice good oral health habits or routinely visit the dentist can cause you to develop the leading cause of tooth loss in adults – periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an incessant oral disease that can lead to tooth loss, jaw bone atrophy, and other serious health conditions if not properly treated. At LoPour & Associates DDS in Albuquerque, we’re committed to educating you on the procedures and treatments available to help you maintain your oral and overall health. We provide a range of periodontal care and maintenance services so that you can achieve a healthier smile – trust LoPour & Associates DDS for expert periodontal care!
What is Periodontal Disease?
Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria on the teeth and around the gums, causing them to become inflamed and irritated. This is the first and only reversible stage of the disease called gingivitis and is recognized by bleeding gums when brushing or flossing. If left untreated, gingivitis may progress into periodontitis. This stage of the disease eats away at the structure surrounding your teeth, resulting in loose teeth that will eventually need to be extracted.
Beyond oral health, periodontal disease has been linked to a number of other serious health issues such as heart disease, respiratory issues, diabetes, and more.
Common Signs of Periodontal Disease
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Red, tender, irritated, or swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Buildup of plaque and tartar
- Pain when chewing
Experienced, Trusted Albuquerque Dentists
The initial step of treating periodontal disease is to schedule an appointment with LoPour & Associates DDS, where one of our dental specialists can examine, diagnose, and prescribe the best form of treatment for your condition. Some cases can be reversed by simple oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing more often, or a series of professional cleanings. Others may require root planing and scaling which is a conservative and non-surgical procedure done under anesthesia. This is where the surface of teeth are cleaned with a scaler above and below the gum line and the roots are smoothed to prevent plaque deposits from forming. Our dedication to high-quality dental care and cutting-edge technology allows us to provide laser dentistry treatments in which infected tissues are removed with a laser tool to reduce bleeding and recovery time. More severe cases of periodontal disease may require invasive surgical procedures.
Periodontal Disease Doesn’t Wait, Act Now!
Periodontal disease can be reversed if caught and treated early enough. We’ll determine a plan of individualized treatment for you so that you can restore your smile and oral health! Schedule an appointment with the trusted dentists at LoPour & Associates DDS and be confident in your smile once again!