Prevention of and treatment for gum disease at Philadelphia dental practice is vital component of care
Your dentist has goals for you and your family as patients. The primary purpose is to help patients maintain their best possible health. At David Spilkia Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Philadelphia, we encourage partnership between the dentist and patients to achieve this. Regular visits for dental exams and cleanings contribute largely to dental health, and allow patients to be monitored for developing conditions.
One very important aspect of oral health is the condition of the gums. The early stage of gum disease is referred to as gingivitis and is treatable. Without proper care, it can progress to a damaging degree, called periodontitis. Advanced periodontal disease causes deterioration of the bone and gums that support teeth, and is the leading cause of tooth loss. Prompt treatment is vital to put a halt to this damaging condition. The mouth is a gateway to the entire body and infection of gums can impact other areas of patient health.
Basic deterrents to gum disease are regular brushing and flossing, and as mentioned, professional cleanings. Dr. Spilkia and the hygienist will examine patients for signs of gums disease at every appointment. In between scheduled visits, patients are encouraged to see the dentist promptly if they notice warning signs such as gums that are swollen, red, or bleeding, any oozing from gums, or loose teeth. These conditions need to be evaluated and treated as soon as possible. A diagnosis of gum disease may require treatment with antibiotics, more frequent visits for cleanings, and possibly scaling and root planing. During this procedure, we go below the gum line and remove plaque buildup from the roots of the teeth, and treat to eradicate harmful bacteria in gum pockets. This removes the source of infection that has accumulated at or below the gum line and halts disease progression.
While we strive to help patients avoid this condition, treatment for gum disease is available to patients in and around Philadelphia at David Spilkia Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Schedule regular dental appointments, and contact us immediately should you notice any problems. Our gentle and experienced care will put you at ease, and help retain, as well as restore, healthy teeth and gums.