Periodontal Therapy


 

The Ashley Dental Center is able to offer a plethora of dental care for you and your family within the Adelphi, Maryland area. Periodontal therapy is one of the many dental treatments that we provide.

If you feel in need of periodontal therapy, please contact us and one of our friendly team members will organize your appointment as soon as possible. 

 

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is when your gums start to bleed around the supporting areas of your teeth and feel very sensitive. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease is commonly referred to as Gum Disease. The buildup of plaque on the outer layers of your teeth can be harmful if not cleaned effectively, as it could then lead to bacteria remaining in the mouth for long periods of time.

 

What Are The Signs To Look Out For?

If you experience any of the following symptoms then it is worth discussing this with your dentist. These symptoms can be relieved with periodontal therapy.

 

  • Bleeding gums, quite frequently 
  • Sore and tender gums
  • Gums that easily pull away from your teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Teeth that are starting to feel loose or begin to separate
  • A change in how you can bite down
  • A change in how your partial dentures feel

 

The Different Stages Of Periodontal Disease

When it is in its early stages (also known as Gingivitis) a deep clean from the dentist along with brushing daily and flossing will help significantly. 

It is when it later develops to Periodontitis, which affects 47.2% of adults in the US, that it becomes more severe. At this stage, your teeth might start to feel loose and begin to move around slightly. 

The last stage is Aggressive Periodontitis which is where you can risk losing tissue and bone around the teeth. In order to prevent it reaching this stage, it is important to have regular check ups with your dentist. 

 

How Can Periodontal Therapy Help? 

Initially, your dentist will want to begin with non invasive treatment, so a deep clean around your teeth and gums to help prevent any bacteria spreading which could lead to gum disease. They would then discuss with you what you should be doing at home to keep up with good oral hygiene.  

In the second stage they will consider minor surgical treatment which can be done in a day (with anesthetic) to access the plaque that cannot be reached through deep cleaning. 

By the third stage your dentist will want to try and prevent any future problems by ensuring they have regular check ups with you and assess any surgical treatment you have had along with your dental routine at home. These steps of periodontal therapy help you recover and maintain a healthy mouth.

 

How Much Will It Cost?

The cost will depend on the treatment that needs to be carried out. Your dentist will discuss this with you prior to treatment.