Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a condition affecting 64.7 million Americans. Left untreated, this infection of your gum tissue can result in tooth loss at its severest stage. In addition, it increases your risk for diabetes and heart disease since the inflammation in the gums releases harmful bacteria throughout your body.
Treating periodontal disease is fairly simple in the early stages and is often reversible. In this stage, periodontal treatment usually includes stepping up your daily brushing and flossing routine followed by a professional dental cleaning. If you have advanced gum disease, treatment may include extra dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery.
At Philadelphia Dental Associates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Steve Hong & Dennis Fee we offer scaling and root planing for our patients with advanced gum disease. In scaling, we remove plaque and tartar (dental calculus) from the tooth surface. and with root planing we clean the roots of the teeth, smoothing the root to remove bacterial toxins. The scaling and root planing treatment may be split up into several appointments, in which we treat one section of the mouth at each appointment.
Don’t let periodontitis dampen your healthy smile. Our Philadelphia Dental Associates team invites you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steve Hong & Dennis Fee if you are struggling with periodontitis. Please call 215-564-9010 today, and let us help you restore your healthy smile!