Periodontal Disease Treatment Specialist

Tucker Family Dentistry

Perron L. Tucker, DMD

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Vestavia Hills, AL

Periodontal disease, which is an infection affecting your gums, can seriously damage the soft tissues in your mouth and your teeth and bones. Fortunately, Dr. Perron Tucker offers several treatments for periodontal disease at Tucker Family Dentistry. To learn more about periodontal disease and begin restoring your oral health, call the office in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, or request an appointment online today.

Periodontal Disease Treatment Q&A

What is periodontal disease? 

Periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, is a bacterial infection caused by the filmy bacteria covering your teeth called plaque. 

Plaque can harden into tartar and often seeps into the pockets between your teeth and gums. When this happens, it damages the soft gum tissue first and can eventually affect your jawbone. 

One of the most significant consequences of untreated periodontal disease is tooth loss. Additionally, the infection can reach your bloodstream and eventually affect other parts of your body. 

For these reasons, it’s important to contact Tucker Family Dentistry if you experience symptoms consistent with periodontal disease.

How can I tell if I need periodontal disease treatment?

Getting early treatment for periodontal disease is essential for avoiding complications that affect your oral and overall health. 

One important step to take is to attend all of your six-month dental exams and cleanings. Doing this ensures you get an early diagnosis of periodontal disease and start treatment right away, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Whether or not you attend all of your cleanings, you should be aware of the symptoms of periodontal disease. You might need periodontal disease treatment at Tucker Family Dentistry if you experience:

  • Swollen gums
  • Very red gums
  • Pain when you chew
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • New gaps between teeth
  • Visible pus between your teeth and gums
  • Visible pockets between your teeth and gums

Often, symptoms don’t show up until the periodontal disease has reached advanced stages. If you have any concerns about your current oral health care routine, Dr. Tucker can help you adjust it to be more proactive against periodontal disease. 

How does periodontal disease treatment work?

At Tucker Family Dentistry, you can receive expert periodontal disease treatment at any stage of the infection. If your home brushing and flossing routine, and your six-month cleanings, aren’t entirely effective in preventing periodontal disease, Dr. Tucker might recommend one of these periodontal disease treatments:

Scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing are two simple in-office procedures to help treat gum disease. Scaling removes plaque and tartar from your teeth and the pockets between your gums and teeth. Root planing smoothes the surfaces of your teeth’s roots beneath the gum line to encourage gum reattachment. 

Gum disease laser therapy

Laser therapy is a treatment for gum disease that doesn’t involve incisions or anesthesia beyond a light numbing spray. A laser safely removes the diseased gum tissue using heat. 

Restorations

If you lose one or more teeth to gum disease, Dr. Tucker discusses your dental restoration options like crowns or bridges.

To learn more about periodontal disease treatment and how it works, call Tucker Family Dentistry or book an appointment online today.