Periodontal Treatment
in Shirley, MA

keep gums healthy

Shirley periodontal care

Periodontal disease affects nearly half of American adults, though many people don’t even know they have the condition. Signs and symptoms of the early stages of gum disease include bleeding when you brush and floss, and inflamed gums. If you notice these signs, Nashoba Valley Dental is here to help with expert periodontal care. Schedule your appointment for periodontal care today!

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signs & symptoms

what is gum disease?

Periodontal disease, also commonly known as gum disease, refers to the infection of the gums by oral bacteria. This condition is caused by improper oral hygiene, though genetics and other factors also play a role. As bacteria-filled plaque builds up in your mouth, it will turn into tartar, and become compacted between your gum line and your teeth. This, in turn, causes the gums to become infected.

The first stage of gum disease is called “gingivitis,” and it usually does not cause long-term damage if you get proper treatment. Symptoms of gingivitis include bleeding when brushing, bad breath (halitosis) and discoloration or swelling of the gums.

However, if gingivitis is left untreated, it may advance into an irreversible form of periodontitis. More advanced stages of gum disease are characterized by symptoms like loose teeth, a bad taste in the mouth, gum recession, and tooth sensitivity. This stage of periodontal disease cannot be eliminated entirely. It can only be controlled to prevent further damage.

treatment options

get back to optimal health

A few common options for the treatment and elimination of periodontal disease include:

  • Deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) – This treatment consists of using special dental tools to eliminate plaque, tartar and bacteria from between the gums and teeth. In addition, the roots of the teeth are smoothed out to prevent further bacteria buildup.
  • Antibiotic treatment – Antibiotics are commonly used alongside deep cleaning to help treat minor-to-moderate cases of periodontal disease, and help control the infection.
  • Pocket reduction surgery – As gum disease progresses, “pockets” of bacteria can form around your gums. This procedure is used to help eliminate these pockets and destroy the source of the infection.
  • Gum flap surgery – Gum flap surgery is used to fold back the gums, allowing Dr. Annese to clean the root of the tooth and the underlying bone, to help control and eliminate gum disease.
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maintain your smile

periodontal maintenance

If you have advanced gum disease, it is not possible to completely eliminate the infection. However, proper periodontal maintenance can stop the progression of the disease and prevent further damage to your mouth. Periodontal maintenance consists of a special tooth and gum cleaning and is usually conducted about every 3-6 months, depending on your condition. Dr. Annese will recommend the periodontal maintenance schedule that’s right for you.

notice signs of gum disease?

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If you believe you may have gum disease, immediate treatment is essential for eliminating your condition and minimizing the long-term damage done to your teeth and gums. Contact Nashoba Valley Dental right away for an appointment with Dr. Annese. You can schedule your consultation over the phone at (978) 425-9088, or at our office, which is located at 228 Great Road, Shirley, MA 01464.

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