How your periodontist in Athens, Georgia can save your smile.
You’ve probably heard about periodontitis, but you may not know much about it. Periodontitis is inflammation of the periodontium, which is the bone, soft tissue, ligaments, and fibers that support your teeth and hold them in place. Periodontitis can severely damage your smile, and cause you to lose your teeth. Dr. F. Neal Pylant, a periodontist in Athens, Georgia can treat periodontitis and help save your smile.
Periodontitis is caused by harmful bacteria in the plaque which clings to your teeth. You may notice mild symptoms of gum disease first. If caught early, gum disease is reversible.
If you notice these initial symptoms of gum disease, you need to get started on an excellent program of oral hygiene including brushing after meals and flossing at least once each day. Get started immediately, especially if you notice:
- Swollen, red gum tissue
- Pain during chewing, brushing and flossing
- Bleeding gum tissue when you brush and floss
Periodontitis has several additional symptoms, because it involves the bone supporting your teeth. Common signs and symptoms of periodontitis include all of the signs and symptoms of gum disease plus a few more:
- Receding gum tissue and bleeding gums
- Exposed tooth roots and tooth sensitivity
- Chronic sour taste and bad breath
- Mobile teeth or teeth which have shifted position
When you have periodontitis, brushing and flossing help, but you also need the services of an expert, your periodontist. Once you have periodontitis, it means the bone surrounding your teeth is also affected, and you are losing the support keeping your teeth in place. Periodontal therapy is required to keep the disease under control.
Dr. Pylant offers a full range of services to treat periodontitis and help you keep your smile. Periodontal therapy includes more frequent, deeper cleanings, typically at three to four-month intervals to control and reduce the number of bacteria infecting your gums and bone. In severe cases, gum or bone surgery may be indicated to restore the support of your teeth. Don’t wait to seek out therapy, because periodontitis can cause you to lose your smile. Pick up your phone and call Dr. F. Neal Pylant in Athens, Georgia today!