Whether you are seeking treatment for yourself, your child, or another family member, finding the right periodontics provider matters. If left untreated, periodontal disease can have serious ramifications, not just for your oral health and your appearance but for your overall health as well.
What is Periodontics?
Periodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the treatment of soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth and jaw. Periodontists at Baxter Dental Group help patients preserve their smiles while reducing the long-term damage of gum disease and untreated tooth decay.
Prompt periodontal treatment could be the difference between protecting your natural smile or losing your teeth and having to live with dentures for the rest of your life. Our periodontists are here to help! Contact us today!
What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, often begins as a buildup of plaque on the tooth’s surface near the gum line. Like many other dental problems, periodontal disease can begin slowly, and there are often no early symptoms.
Over time, periodontal treatments may be needed to reverse the effects of untreated gum disease and the resulting complications such as gingivitis, which causes inflamed gums.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you may need periodontal treatment:
- Red/swollen/sore gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush and floss
- Teeth that appear longer or become loose
- Large gaps that form between the teeth
- Gums that begin to pull away from the teeth
- Chronic bad breath
Treating Gum Disease
If you fail to take your periodontal disease seriously and neglect the proper care of your mouth, you could be setting yourself up for some very serious health consequences down the line. Periodontal disease does not just impact your mouth—untreated periodontal problems have been shown to contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and other dangerous health conditions. Untreated periodontal disease has even been linked to low birth weight, premature birth and fetal injuries in pregnant women.
Do not ignore your symptoms and the serious health problems they can cause. If your gums are sore, swollen, or bleeding, our periodontal dentists can help!
Gum Disease Treatment Options
No matter what your age, periodontal disease is preventable. And if you already have periodontal disease, it can be treated in a number of ways. Periodontal procedures run the gamut, from mild treatments for the early stages of gum disease to more intense treatments designed to reverse the serious impact of a neglected mouth and damaged soft tissues.
Periodontal treatments include:
- Non-surgical interventions designed to strengthen the gums and soft tissue
- Periodontal therapy aimed at stopping and reversing the damage
- Dental implants to replace missing or damaged teeth
- Periodontal surgery to restore your winning smile
Our skilled Ballwin periodontists will evaluate your mouth, teeth, and gums and develop the best plan of action to restore your oral health. Contact Baxter Dental Group today to schedule the periodontal treatment you need!