Periodontal Disease Treatment in Wayland, MA
If you were asked what the most common disease in the country is, what would you say? Heart problems? A type of cancer? Stroke? Actually, it’s none of the above. Periodontal disease (more commonly known as gum disease) leaves all of these other health conditions in the dust. In fact, studies suggest that nearly 80% of the population is a victim of gum disease, whether it’s a mild case (gingivitis) or an advanced one (periodontitis). Here at Wayland Dental, we take this threat extremely seriously, and we’ll always screen for it during your routine appointments at our practice. If we determine that you’re experiencing periodontal damage, treatment options are available to revitalize your oral health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Putt, or if you have any questions our team can help you with.
What is Gum Disease?
Simply put, gum disease is an infection that targets the vital gum tissue and bone that supports your teeth. It begins with plaque (a sticky, bacteria-filled substance that’s constantly forming in the mouth), which hardens into tartar that sneaks below the gum line, irritating the tissue and causing infection to set in. The symptoms at this stage are relatively mild – minor oral bleeding, gums that are red and swollen. If left untreated, though, gum disease can quickly develop into something much more dangerous, leading all the way up to the loss of your permanent teeth.
Why is Gum Disease so Serious?
Recent research shows that gum disease may damage more than your smile – its presence in the body can negatively contribute to your overall wellbeing, leading to increased risks of heart disease, respiratory concerns, osteoporosis, low birth weights, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and more. While these studies are still relatively new, the findings make sense. Your mouth is a gateway that leads to the rest of the body, and whatever enters there has access to other areas. That’s why it’s strongly recommended to attend routine check-ups and cleanings with a trusted dental professional like Dr. Putt here in Wayland, MA.
Gum Disease Treatment
Once we’ve determined that you’re suffering from gum disease, there are several treatment options available, including:
- Scaling and Root Planing – An in-depth cleaning that involves removing bacteria and hardened plaque from below the gum line and the tooth root surfaces.
- Arestin Antibiotic Therapy
- Periodontal Surgery – If surgical intervention is required, we have a trusted Periodontist, Dr. O'Connor in our office for your convenience.