Providing Treatment for Gum Disease in Kennett Square

Peter Patellis - Dentist
Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a chronic infection of the gums and underlying bone structure that holds our teeth into position. During the early stages of the disease, referred to as gingivitis, periodontal disease causes gums to become inflamed, swollen, red, and to bleed easily, especially after brushing and flossing. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into the more serious periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease that ranks as the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S.

Look out for the warning signs of periodontal disease:

  • Chronic bad breath that just won’t go away
  • Swollen or red gum tissue
  • Tender gums that bleed after brushing or flossing
  • Pain while chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Teeth that are sensitive to hot or cold
  • Gums that have pulled away from the base of your teeth
  • Any changes to your bite or the way your teeth fit together
  • Changes in the fit of partial dentures

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, allow our team at Kennett Center for Advanced Dentistry to help provide treatment and get your smile back to healthy.

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When scaling is performed, plaque that attaches to the tooth surfaces is removed. The process especially targets the area below the gum line, along the root. Scaling is performed with a special dental tool called an ultrasonic scaling tool. The scaling tool usually includes an irrigation process that can be used to deliver an antimicrobial agent below the gums to help reduce oral bacteria.

Root Planing

Root planing is performed in order to remove cementum and surface dentin that is embedded with unwanted microorganisms, toxins and tartar. The root of the tooth is literally smoothed, which promotes healing, and also helps prevent bacteria from easily forming in the future.

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– J. Yates

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