Athens area dentist offers treatment for gum disease
Posted by Dr. Anita Mathew
Gum disease is a serious infection that can have extremely negative and permanent consequences for the smile. It affects oral health, function, and beauty of the smile. When patients have gum disease, regardless of how it developed or what stage it has reached, it is important for individuals to work with a dental team who can help with effective and affordable treatment in the Athens area.
Treatment for gum disease will often vary depending on several factors. This includes the stage to which the condition has progressed, and levels of bacteria present. Earlier stages of gum disease, called gingivitis, can be treated with a thorough cleaning. This removes plaque and tartar from the surfaces of teeth and gums. Antibiotics may also be used to treat infection at the source, or via oral medication to address infection from the inside out. Patients with later stages of periodontal disease may require a procedure called scaling and root planing which is more invasive but includes removal of bacteria from deep down by the roots of teeth.
What happens without treatment?
Patients who fail to get proper diagnosis for gum disease, and do not seek treatment as soon as possible are at risk for a variety of issues including:
- Lost bone.
- Shrinking gum tissue.
- Lost teeth.
Additionally, infection can carry through the rest of the body and have an impact on the organs. This is because the infection goes through the bloodstream and can increase risks of heart disease, diabetes, and strokes.
Schedule a visit today!
At Athens TLC Dental, we provide gentle, comprehensive care for families. Contact our team today by calling (706) 510-1515 and visiting us at our state-of-the-art facility at 1000 Hawthorne Avenue, Suite R. Patients in and around the area are welcome to book their first appointment with our staff and discuss gum treatment.
At Athens TLC Dental, Dr. Anita Mathew and her team provide treatment for a variety of conditions including gum disease and cavities. Call (706) 510-1515.