At Hiebert Smith Dental Group, Saint Helens, OR area patients have access to solutions for the entire smile. Whether patients need cosmetic work or treatment for decay and disease, they can seek solutions with our practice. One common treatment offered for patients is that of periodontal therapy for the treatment of periodontal disease, or “gum disease.”
What is periodontal disease?
Conditions such as periodontal disease are often easy for a dentist to diagnose when patients come into the office for their routine evaluations. This condition is completely avoidable with proper oral health care. Periodontal disease starts in the gums as an infection. Without treatment, this condition can progress into later stages that can permanently impact the smile. It can cause the loss of natural teeth, bone, and soft tissues. With early diagnosis and intervention, many patients can bring their smile back to health with a dental provider.
Periodontal therapy for treatment
Periodontal therapy may involve a variety of treatments to address periodontal disease, depending on the stage at which it is diagnosed. For example, the earliest stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis. This condition is often noticed by patients and dentists due to bleeding and redness of the gum tissues. Patients may also take note of increased bad breath. At this point, the condition can be treated with a thorough cleaning at the doctor’s office. However, if the condition has gotten worse, it may become periodontitis and require extensive treatments such as antibiotics or scaling and root planing. These are more aggressive ways of addressing the condition in an attempt to bring the smile back to health and avoid further damage to the smile.
Which treatment is right for me?
The first step in deciding what periodontal therapy is best for a patient is by getting a proper diagnosis from a dental professional. This will help in determining the stage of the disease and therefore offer insight as to the treatment that is best suited for the individual based on their unique needs.
Take charge of periodontal disease today!
Contact the Hiebert Smith Dental Group today to speak to one of our professionals about the benefits of immediate periodontal disease treatment in the early stages. Drs. Hiebert and Smith can be reached for an appointment at (503) 397-6144.