Periodontal Treatment Specialist

Lakeside Family Dental

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Shrewsbury, MA

Periodontal treatment during the early stages of gum disease could save you considerable discomfort and expense, and even prevent tooth loss. If you notice any symptoms of gum disease, Assia Fain, DMD, and her team at Lakeside Family Dental in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, can help. Dr. Fain and her team offer exceptional dental services, from deep cleaning for mild gum disease to gum implants for more advanced cases. Call Lakeside Family Dental today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Periodontal Treatment Q&A

What is periodontal treatment?

You need periodontal treatment if you have gum (periodontal) disease. Gum disease causes red, swollen, bleeding gums. You might also have:

  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Pain while chewing
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Longer-looking teeth

Gum disease develops when bacteria in the plaque and tartar on your teeth infect your gums. You can do a great deal to prevent gum disease by brushing and flossing daily, and visiting Lakeside Family Dental for regular professional cleaning sessions.

What might happen if I don’t receive periodontal treatment?

Not getting periodontal treatment as soon as possible when you have gum disease can lead to serious consequences.

In the early stages, gum disease causes few problems other than minor irritation and bleeding, so you might think it’s not worth worrying about. However, if you don’t receive periodontal treatment at this early stage, gum disease can spread and result in receding gums.

The exposed teeth and roots are vulnerable to bacterial infection, which in turn leads to cavities. You could also experience bone loss, which in combination with receding gums, can result in teeth falling out.

What does periodontal treatment involve?

The periodontal treatment you need depends on the severity of your gum disease. The first stage is to have a deep clean at Lakeside Family Dental. With the bacteria, plaque, and tartar removed, your gums can begin to heal naturally.

If plaque and tartar are only affecting the edges of your gums, a standard cleaning procedure is sufficient. If there’s any plaque trapped between your teeth and gums, Dr. Fain needs to perform a scaling and root planing procedure, scraping the plaque off using special tools or a laser.

Does periodontal treatment involve surgery?

If your gums recede significantly, your periodontal treatment might involve having surgery. Pockets can form in the gum tissue that leaves the tooth unprotected and roots exposed. Dr. Fain might need to perform a gum graft to restore your gums.

A gum graft involves removing a section of tissue from another part of your mouth and grafting it into the damaged gum. The new gum tissue then grows to fill the pockets. If your gum disease is severe and has led to bone loss, you might also require a bone graft to restore and stabilize your tooth.

To avoid the necessity of having surgery or losing teeth, see Dr. Fain as soon as you spot any signs of gum disease. Call Lakeside Family Dental today to arrange a consultation or book an appointment online.