Repair Gums and Restore Function with Periodontal Therapy
Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is one of the most common health conditions, with nearly three out of four American adults suffering from a mild to advanced case. While symptoms may be relatively mild or even nonexistent in the beginning, patients who let this issue go untreated can face a variety of damaging consequences, including jawbone deterioration and an increased risk of tooth loss. That’s why Dr. John Petty and the rest of our team here in Tullahoma, TN are dedicated to finding and treating periodontal disease at the earliest possible stage. With multiple therapy options available, we’ll be sure to select the one that revitalizes your oral health as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
Common symptoms include:
- Persistent bad breath that isn’t alleviated with brushing, flossing, or use of mouthwash
- Bleeding that occurs when brushing or flossing
- Gums that are especially red or swollen
- A sudden change in the way your bite feels
- Teeth that suddenly appear longer (this is a sign of receding gums)
It’s important to remember, though, that periodontal disease may not be noticeable to you until it’s reached a more advanced stage. In order to protect your smile, you need to attend regular check-ups and cleanings at our Tullahoma office in addition to practicing diligent homecare.
Personalized Treatment Options
Our recommended care will depend on the severity of your periodontal disease. In some cases, more frequent cleanings may be enough to reverse any negative effects. Root scaling and planing is an effective service for more moderate symptoms; it allows us to thoroughly clean between the gums and teeth and smooth out the surfaces of tooth roots, refreshing your oral health. If we determine that a surgical procedure will be necessary to fully treat your condition, Dr. Petty will be happy to recommend you to a trusted specialist nearby.
There are no unpleasant surprises when you trust your smile to our dental team – we always take the time to explain our available treatment options in clear terms and help you develop a written plan for how to achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve. Please don’t hesitate to contact our Tullahoma, TN office today if you have any questions about our periodontal services or if you’d like to go ahead and schedule an appointment. We also welcome new patients from the nearby areas of Lynchburg, Shelbyville, Manchester, Murfreesboro, and beyond.