Family Dental
Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Periodontal Treatment

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We get many questions about dental care and our Amherst, NH dental practice. We have addressed some of the most frequently asked questions here. Please feel free to browse to find the answers you are looking for. Maybe we can even answer a question you didn't realize you had!

If you have other questions not covered here, don't hesitate to contact our office. We'll be happy to answer them!

Periodontal Treatment

The best way to lower your risk for periodontal disease is to brush and floss daily, visit your dentist regularly for exams, and schedule and keep your professional teeth cleanings.

Preventive dentistry is the foundation for a healthy smile. The goals are to catch small issues before they turn into problems that could cost you your teeth or overall wellness. This includes gingivitis, a precursor to periodontal disease. In this stage, the gum problem may be reversible as opposed to only treatable.

Regular dental exams look for the signs of periodontal disease.

For your part, you may notice specific symptoms like:

  • Elongated teeth due to gum recession
  • Loose teeth
  • Periodic or ongoing toothaches or tooth sensitivity
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth

Your professional teeth cleaning gets rid of the bacteria that lead to oral health conditions, including periodontal disease.

Other ways to lower your risks include quitting smoking. Your dentist can also provide tips to help you prevent this and other oral health conditions.

We Treat Periodontal Disease in Amherst, NH

If you have periodontal disease, or if you have noticed symptoms, we encourage you to reach out to our dental team to schedule an exam with your dentist in Amherst.

If periodontal issues are caught early—through regular dental exams—your dentist can often reverse the problem, which in this stage is called gingivitis. When gingivitis advances to full periodontal disease, the condition is treatable but not reversible.

However, your dentist in Amherst can significantly improve your oral health even if you have periodontal disease. 

Treatments for periodontal disease may include special cleanings or recontouring the gums to get rid of plaque and to encourage gums not to recede away from your teeth. Your dentist may also recommend a specific oral care routine at home to complement dental office therapy. Quitting smoking is also essential.

Here are some of the signs of periodontal disease:

  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing and flossing
  • Tooth pain and sensitivity, especially when biting down
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth that returns even after brushing and flossing
  • Long appearance to teeth
  • Looser teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Pockets on the gums
  • Red or inflamed gums

Your gentle and compassionate dentist in Amherst, NH is here for you, and our team will work hard to improve your oral health through treatment.

Contact Our Dental Team for Periodontal Treatment in Amherst

If you have periodontal disease symptoms, don’t wait to seek treatment. We are here to help!

Periodontal disease means you have a series of infections in the tissues and periodontal ligaments surrounding your teeth. These tissues and ligaments are responsible for keeping your teeth in place.

Periodontal disease is a treatable condition, but not curable. However, with proper intervention by a dental professional, you can improve your oral health and maintain your smile for a lifetime.

Signs of periodontal disease often prompt people to make an appointment with their dentist, mainly if they have not visited the dentist in some time.

You may notice bleeding gums when brushing and flossing. You may also suffer from periodic toothaches, increased tooth sensitivity, loose teeth, bad breath, pocketing of the gums, and an elongated appearance to your teeth. These symptoms are often accompanied by bad breath. 

Your dentist can typically reduce these symptoms with a treatment schedule at home and in the dental office. It is essential to follow all recommendations following a periodontal disease diagnosis because these infections can spread and lead to heart complications and other systemic health problems.

We Treat Periodontal Disease

Your dentist in Amherst, NH will create a treatment plan that addresses your specific level of gum disease. Contact our dental team for more information or to schedule a periodontal assessment.

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