Periodontal disease is an advanced form of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) that has progressed to infection. As microorganisms adhere to and grow on the tooth’s surface the body reacts with an over-aggressive immune response that results in destruction of bone and soft tissue. The doctors at Crystal Coast Dentistry in Cape Carteret, NC diagnose and stage periodontal disease through inspection of the soft tissues around the teeth and evaluation of the patient’s X-ray films.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include bleeding, receding gums, bad breath, and the formation of pockets between the gums and the teeth. As the infection progresses beneath the gumline tooth mobility and loss may result. The doctors at Crystal Coast Dentistry are dedicated to treating patients with periodontal disease to minimize disease progression and preserve healthy tissues. Successful treatment may include special cleaning of the teeth and root surfaces by a dental hygienist (scaling and root planing) and antibiotic therapy.
Dental Hygienists at Crystal Coast Dentistry provide thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums for patients with periodontal disease through scaling, which removes calculus and bacteria from the tooth surfaces. Root planing may also be necessary to smooth the root surfaces so that the likelihood of further calculus and endotoxin buildup is minimized. Our doctors may recommend the use of topical (mouth rinses or gels) or oral antibiotics to minimize bacterial infection.
If you think you may have periodontal disease and live in the Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Swansboro, Hubert, Newport, Havelock, Morehead City, or surrounding areas, come see us at Crystal Coast Dentistry! Our dental professionals can discuss diagnosis and treatment options that will work for you. 252-393-8168.