Our dentist and team provide periodontal disease treatment to restore and maintain your gum health. It is important to treat gum disease early to prevent further issues. Please contact Elite Dental Care today at 731-635-5000 to learn more about periodontics in Ripley, Tennessee, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Brien Polk.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a condition that occurs when harmful bacteria infect and inflame your gum tissues. In the early stages this condition is known as gingivitis and can be easily treated. If left untreated, however, it will progress to a stage known as periodontitis and can cause significant damage to your oral health, including tooth loss, gum loss and bone loss. Common signs of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Gums which bleed easily
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pain when chewing
  • Gum recession
  • Loose teeth

Our dentist will check your mouth for signs of gum disease during your regular dental exams. If you are diagnosed with this condition, we will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your needs and will help improve your oral health. Your treatment plan will depend on the severity of the disease and may include treatments such as additional professional cleanings, antibiotic therapy, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), improved at-home oral hygiene or gum surgery.

After you have completed your treatment plan, our dentist will also schedule a series of regular visits for you to receive periodontal maintenance. These treatments will help prevent gum disease from returning to your mouth so that you can continue to enjoy good oral health.

For more information about periodontal treatments and to set up an appointment with our dentist and team, give us a call today!

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