Periodontal Treatment in Jonesboro
If you have periodontal (gum) disease, you are not alone. Half of Americans currently suffer from gum disease, and those numbers go up as you age. You might not even realize that you have an infection because so many people suffer from the most common symptoms and often think it is a normal part of life.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
In its early stages, you might not notice many symptoms that are out of the ordinary. Some of the first ones to appear are bad breath and bleeding. Other common symptoms include:
- Gum recession
- Tooth mobility
- Red, swollen gums
- Tenderness or pain
- Pus at your gum line
If you experience pain or bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth, you should have a periodontal evaluation. When we perform a periodontal evaluation, we will take specialized measurements to determine if your gums have pocketing. Your gums should fit snugly against your teeth. If they have pockets, food, bacteria, and plaque can collect there and cause an infection.
If you do suffer from gum disease, Dr. Bartels can recommend a course of treatment that will help you recover your health and eliminate your symptoms.
In its early stages, called gingivitis, your condition may be reversible, so the sooner you seek treatment, the better. We understand that going back to the dentist after a long absence can make you feel bad or guilty, but we never want you to feel that way! We know that you have a unique set of circumstances and we support your efforts to restore your health, no matter what conditions you may have. It is always our intention to create a welcoming, friendly, and fun atmosphere.
If you require treatment to get back on track, we can help. Our talented and gentle hygienists will be able to eliminate the calculus and bacteria above and below your gum line and monitor your health as it improves. In some cases, we may apply a topical antibiotic to assist with healing.
Treatment for severe periodontal disease will likely require multiple visits to our office. Once we have your infection under control and help you master the techniques to stay healthy using home care, you may be able to resume a regular maintenance schedule.
We know that taking this first step may be difficult for you, but you can count on us to work with you and make your experience as enjoyable as possible. We will make sure you feel comfortable every step of the way.
Call Us to Schedule
If you are ready to take control of your health, we are here to help. Call our Jonesboro, AR dental office to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Anthony Bartels.
We look forward to welcoming you to our office.