Gum Disease Treatment – Washington, PA

Preventing Tooth Loss by Treating Affected Gums

Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is one of the most common health problems across the globe. In fact, studies suggest that eight out of every ten adults are victims, with many not even being aware of it. While this condition may seem relatively harmless in its early stages, untreated cases quickly grow to destructive levels leading to tooth loss and severe oral infection. Periodontal disease has also been linked to a wide variety of health concerns that affect your overall well-being, such as:

  • Heart Disease
  • Strokes
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory Illness
  • Pregnancy Complications

Dr. David Vaughan and Dr. Alicia Yokum stress the importance of prevention, and they will do everything in their power to identify damage caused by periodontal disease while in its earliest stages so that it can be treated in the simplest manner. Are you ready to get back to enjoying the healthier, happier smile you deserve? Contact our Washington, PA, dental office today to schedule your first visit.

Why Choose Dental Health First for Gum Disease Treatment?

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Do I Have Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease can be very subtle in its beginning stages, which is why attending routine checkups is so important. However, there are some symptoms patients can watch for when caring for their teeth and gums at home. They include:

  • Bleeding gums, especially while brushing or flossing
  • Gums that are red/swollen/tender
  • A change in the way your bite fits together/the sturdiness of certain teeth
  • Excessive bad breath
  • Teeth that appear longer over time

Periodontal Treatment Options

You have been diagnosed with periodontal disease. What now? Our dentists will recommend a certain approach that depends on the severity of your condition. In the early stages of gum disease (also known as gingivitis), no permanent damage has been done to your smile. Therefore, the symptoms may be reversed with more frequent hygiene appointments and a more diligent at-home oral health routine.

Once periodontal disease becomes moderate, patients will require a more involved approach from our staff. We may recommend an in-depth cleaning known as scaling and root planing that involves clearing away bacteria from the gum line and the surfaces of the tooth roots. Antibiotic therapy may be recommended as well.

In severe cases, surgical intervention from an outside specialist may be necessary. Whatever your needs, we work with you to ensure your treatment is effective and comfortable so that we can restore your healthy, strong smile as smoothly as possible.