Posts for tag: Periodontitis

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
March 18, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Periodontitis  

Periodontitis (or gum disease as it is more commonly known) is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults. The good news is that it is easy to prevent, and even easy to treat in its early stages; however, the treatments become more invasive and the disease more damaging the longer it is allowed to run its course. If you would like to learn more about what to look for if you are concerned about gum disease, then please contact Dr. Neal Pylant in Athens, GA.

Prevention and Early Care

Poor health and hygiene habits are most to blame for the onset of gum disease. Smoking and chewing tobacco also affect your gums and make them vulnerable to disease, as does the buildup of plaque. All threaten the health of your gums and your teeth.
Plaque clings daily to your teeth. It is made up of saliva, leftover food particles, fungi and bacteria. It is this bacteria that harms both the enamel on your teeth and your gums. Because of the minerals found in your saliva, plaque can harden and turn into tartar, which makes it much more difficult to remove, and is thus more harmful.
Avoiding tobacco products and brushing and flossing your teeth every day are good first steps toward combating gum disease. They lessen the risk of complications, as well as keep plaque at bay. But the next step is one many of us take for granted, and that is regular checkups and cleanings at your dentist or periodontist’s office.
A professional dental cleaning eliminates the built-up plaque and tartar, and the procedure can even reverse gum disease while in its early stages. Also, a checkup is the best way to find out if you may be suffering from gum disease.

Periodontitis Treatment in Athens, GA

Symptoms such as bad breath, gums that are swollen or are tender, or even bleed, are all good reasons to suspect gum disease. Eventually, these symptoms progress to the point where you may notice changes to your bite and loose teeth. Waiting for these signs is not the best of plans. Instead, take the initiative and make an appointment today with Dr. Pylant in Athens, GA, by dialing (706) 543-0026.
By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
May 23, 2019
Category: Gum Disease
Tags: Periodontitis  

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 periodontitisthe 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!

By F. Neal Pylant, DMD
December 14, 2017
Category: Dental

A major concern for patients is periodontitis. It’s a serious form of gum disease that often leads to tooth loss when it isn’t remedied quickly. gum diseaseThere are clear signs of periodontitis that shouldn’t be ignored, including loosening pockets, bad breath, and bleeding gums. Learn more about periodontitis and how it can be treated by periodontist Dr. F. Neal Pylant, in Athens, GA.

What Is Periodontitis?
Gum disease is an oral health problem that affects a significant number of American adults and seniors. It can progress to a condition called advanced periodontitis. The gums weaken and detach from the teeth due to the proliferation of bad bacteria. Once gum disease becomes periodontitis, it’s crucial to have it treated with aggressive periodontal therapies if you want to save your smile. 

What Causes It?
Poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of periodontitis. Patients who fail to brush their teeth regularly and floss daily are most susceptible to it. As food and germ particles build up around the gumline, this combination turns into plaque and tartar, which is full of bad bacteria. Some patients are more prone to developing periodontitis due to genetics or family history.

How Is Periodontitis Treated Successfully?
Gum disease is best treated when it is caught by your Athens-area periodontist in its earliest stages. However, there are treatments that can help advanced periodontitis. Here are some of the most common solutions:

- Scaling and root planing to remove plaque build-up.
- Periodontal laser surgery to get to the root of the problem and eliminate bad tissue.
- Gum grafting surgery for receding gums.
- Dental implants when a tooth replacement is needed.
- Changing your diet for the better, avoiding tobacco products, and flossing daily.

Get Help with Gum Disease
Close to 50 percent of American adults have a problem with gum disease according to the CDC. When gum disease gets to the point where it is diagnosed as periodontitis, it needs to be treated quickly and efficiently. Call 706-543-0026 today to schedule an appointment for periodontal therapy with Dr. F. Neal Pylant at his office in Athens, GA.

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