Periodontics Bismarck, Garrison – North Dakota
Did you know that your dentist is not only concerned about your tooth health, but also your gums? Your gums protect your jaws as well as the roots of your teeth, and they can act as a warning system if your teeth are in danger by changing color and becoming sensitive or inflamed. Caring for your gums is an important part of maintaining your dental health, and neglecting your gums can be dangerous and costly.
What is Periodontics?
Periodontics is the study and treatment of gum health and gum disease. Everyone develops bacteria at the gum line, and sometimes those bacteria work their way down between the tooth and gum tissue. Once bacteria are caught between your teeth and gums, it can proliferate quickly into biofilms which have been linked to:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Blood clots and stroke
- Respiratory disease
- Chronic inflammation
- Alzheimer’s disease
Periodontal treatment traditionally consists of scaling and root planing, or removing plaque and tartar with lasers or traditional dental instruments. If gum disease is advanced, your periodontal treatment may require surgery.
At Deeter Dental, we offer a periodontal care treatment called Perio Protect, a system that uses custom trays to deliver anti-bacteria treatment to your gum line. Perio Protect is often combined with scaling or root planing to increase its effectiveness, and though not everyone is a good candidate for Perio Protect, many patients are able to avoid periodontal surgery through these treatments.
Diagnosing Periodontal Disease
While only a dentist can diagnose gum disease, there are symptoms which you can recognize yourself. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment with your dentist immediately. Symptoms of periodontal disease do not usually appear until the condition is advanced and may include:
- Bleeding gums
- Gum discoloration
- Gum sensitivity
- Unusually bad breath for a prolonged period
- Loose or sensitive teeth
- Pain while chewing
If your gum disease is noticed and treated early enough, you can avoid invasive surgery or extreme discomfort which may develop without treatment.
Schedule a Consultation
Please contact our Bismarck general dentists today to schedule your initial appointment. We welcome patients from Bismarck and the surrounding areas of North Dakota. Call our Bismarck office at 701.222.1800 or our Garrison office at 701.463.2884.