Periodontal exams allow a dentist to accurately assess the overall health of your gums. Whether you suspect that you may be suffering from gum disease or you simply want to maintain optimal dental health, a periodontal exam is an important first step. At Berdy Dental Group, our dentists can examine your teeth and gums for signs of disease or inflammation. To schedule a visit with Dr. Christian Berdy or Dr. Cary Berdy, reach out to us at 904-389-1376.
Gum disease – also known as periodontal disease – is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria inflames and infects the gum tissues. If left untreated, this infection can eventually cause the gums to pull away from the teeth and even result in bone loss, tooth loss, and gum tissue recession. That’s why early detection through a periodontal exam is so essential.
If your gums are swollen, red, or tender, or if your gums bleed easily, you may indeed have periodontal disease. Other common symptoms of gum disease include loose teeth, painful chewing, persistent bad breath, and receding gums that make your teeth appear longer than normal. If you have any of these symptoms, simply make an appointment and rely on our experienced dentists to determine whether you suffer from periodontal disease.
If you do have periodontal disease, your treatment will be based upon your specific dental needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, our dentists may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, an improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. Rest assured, our team will help halt the progress of the disease and begin to restore your oral health. For more information on periodontal treatment, call our office at 904-389-1376.