Did you know that as many as 75% of American adults suffer from periodontal (gum) disease? This infection may start off with relatively harmless symptoms, but untreated cases can quickly lead to destructive consequences for your oral health and overall wellbeing, including permanent tooth loss. Thankfully, the Generations Dental Care team is dedicated to fighting periodontal disease at every stage of development, and our in-house periodontist Dr. Jonell Hopeck is here to provide specialized care when needed. Contact our Concord, NH office today to schedule your first appointment!
Do I Have Periodontal Disease?
It’s important to remember that periodontal disease is often extremely subtle in its early stages; that’s why attending regular checkups with a trusted dental team is so important. However, there are some common symptoms that patients should look out for, including:
Gums that regularly bleed when practicing oral hygiene
Gum tissue that seems overly swollen, red, or tender to the touch
Severe bad breath that lingers even after brushing/flossing/using mouthwash
Teeth that appear gradually longer over time (a sign of a receding gum line)
Periodontal Therapy Options
Our personalized recommendation for your gum disease treatment will depend on the severity of your current condition, and may include the following:
Scaling & Root Planing – This in-depth cleaning goes a step beyond our traditional hygiene appointments, targeting plaque and bacteria that is both underneath the gum line and gathered along the rough surfaces of the tooth roots.
Soft Tissue Laser Therapy – This innovative treatment option can target and remove diseased gum tissue with pinpoint accuracy, all while minimizing bleeding, accelerating healing, and promoting new, healthy tissue growth.
Antibiotic Therapy – Antibiotic therapy is typically used in conjunction with the above services in order to more effectively target dangerous bacteria that may have been left behind on the first go-around. Our goal is to eliminate the source of infection as comprehensively as possible!