Periodontal Diagnosis and Maintenance for Optimized Oral Health

Brilliant Smiles Dentistry understands the importance of healthy gums for your smile’s function and appearance. We routinely inspect your gums during dental exams to catch gum infections early before this oral condition causes irreversible damage. If gum disease is left unchecked, it can cause chronic bad breath, receding gums, and loose teeth! Worse yet, uncontrolled gum disease can put you at risk of heart disease, stroke, and pregnancy-related complications. 

Want to maintain optimal gum health in Scottsdale, Arizona? Schedule an appointment with Drs. Terry Peterson and Stephanie Troglin for high-quality periodontal therapy services.

How we diagnose gum disease

Gum disease develops in stages. The mild form of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. Gingivitis causes symptoms like gum swelling, tenderness, and bleeding, especially when cleaning teeth. Since gingivitis symptoms seem innocuous, many people don’t pay too much attention to them. When left untreated, gum disease spreads to the area between teeth and gums to create deep pockets that become good hiding spots for tartar and harmful bacteria.  

We diagnose you with gum disease by inspecting the condition of your gums. Should we notice signs of swelling, redness, or bleeding, we’ll use a periodontal probe to measure the distance between teeth and gums (sulcus). A healthy sulcus measures 3mm deep or less and doesn’t bleed. If this depth is more than 3mm, it’s a sign of gum infection. The deeper the periodontal pockets, the more severe your infection is.

Gum disease treatment options

Gingivitis can be reversed with optimal oral hygiene and professional dental cleanings. However, if we’ve diagnosed you with more than mild gum infection, the treatment options may involve the following. 

  • Deep teeth cleaning: This procedure involves root scaling to remove harmful bacteria and built-in plaque from the deep pockets between teeth and gums. Next, the dentist polishes your tooth roots, making it challenging for harmful bacteria to hold on. 
  • Antibiotic therapy: Your dentist may offer oral or topical antibiotics to eliminate harmful bacteria and prevent re-infection. 

If you have advanced periodontitis, the infection damages the gums and bone surrounding the teeth, resulting in loose teeth that eventually fall out. In such cases, you may need complex treatments, including gum surgery and grafting services, to replenish lost bone tissue. 

Periodontal therapy near me

Do you suspect gum disease in Scottsdale, AZ? Please don’t wait until it’s too late! Instead, call (602) 953-1850 to schedule an appointment with Brilliant Smiles Dentistry to put your oral health on track.