Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. This normally painless condition often goes undiagnosed in its earlier and more treatable stages. Routine dental checkups with an experienced dentist like Sam Latif, DMD, are the best way to keep an eye on your gum health and preserve your teeth and gums. Call or make an appointment online today to meet with Dr. Latif at Ohio Cosmetic Dentists, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of your gums caused by excessive amounts of the bacteria that causes plaque and tartar. Normally painless, the only way to know if you have periodontal disease is to be diagnosed during a dental exam.
Periodontal disease may not cause any symptoms at all. However, you may notice that your gums are red or that they bleed easily when you brush or floss.
Poor dental hygiene is the primary cause of periodontal disease. When the bacteria isn’t cleaned from your teeth properly through brushing and flossing, it builds up into a sticky plaque. Over time, that plaque hardens into tartar that holds the bacteria against your teeth.
The bacteria eat away at your teeth and gums. This causes pockets to form between your gums and your teeth, creating perfect breeding grounds for the bacteria. While this also puts your teeth at risk, the bacteria infect your gums, causing inflammation, sensitivity, and pain. If left untreated, your gums recede and your teeth become loose, eventually falling out.
Dr. Latif offers customized treatments for periodontal disease depending on the severity of your condition. If your gum disease is still in the early stages, you may benefit from a couple of regular cleanings on a monthly or quarterly basis, instead of every six months.
However, if the condition has progressed, you may need a deep-cleaning root planing and scaling treatment. Root planing is a very thorough cleaning where Dr. Latif removes bacteria, plaque, and tartar from above and below your gum line. Scaling smooths away any rough spots on your teeth where bacteria cling. Dr. Latif uses a local anesthetic during this treatment.
If you’ve developed pockets and your gums are receding from your teeth, you may need additional periodontal surgery to repair and restore your gums. At Ohio Cosmetic Dentists, Dr. Latif offers the innovative Chao PinholeⓇ gum rejuvenation procedure for serious cases of periodontal disease.
Dr. Latif provides thorough consultations and exams to determine the best course of treatment to resolve your condition and restore your dental health. If you’re concerned about periodontal disease, call or schedule an appointment online today.