Periodontal infections are known to have a direct correlation with underlying health issues like diabetes, infertility, respiratory illnesses, and cardiovascular disease. Why? Because the plaque biofilm spread from your mouth and into the rest of your body. Periodontal (gum) disease is also the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Fortunately, Newton Street Dental in South Hadley, MA is here to help you keep your smile (and your body) healthy for life.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
- Swollen gums
During your exam at our South Hadley office, we’ll carefully measure the gum attachment levels around each of your teeth. If tissue detachment is creating deep pockets and harboring bacterial buildup, our dentists will recommend a series of deep cleanings.
Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontal therapy involves the removal of the bacteria under your gums, which are causing them to detach from your teeth. In most cases, we’ll phase the deep cleanings (scaling and root planing) over a series of two visits, sometimes numbing the areas if sensitivity is a concern. If periodontitis is severe enough, a gum graft, bone graft, or locally placed antibiotic may be needed. With re-vamped home care and a customized oral hygiene plan, our goal is to help you prevent disease relapse and avoid tooth loss. Most of our South Hadley periodontal patients will need a maintenance cleaning every 3-4 months.
Protect Your Smile
Active gum disease causes deterioration of the bone inside your mouth. Since bone is crucial for supporting your teeth, its resorption will ultimately lead to tooth loss and changes in your facial profile. Our staff at Newton Street Dental are committed to helping you pinpoint areas of gum infection at their earliest stages, to minimize the long-term effects on your smile. Contact our South Hadley, Massachusetts dental office today to schedule your next exam.