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Periodontal Care

Dr. Wayde Fawcett—our experienced dentist—offers a broad range of periodontal treatments using advanced technology and effective techniques. If left untreated, periodontal (gum) disease can seriously damage the gums and teeth and, in extreme cases, result in tooth loss.

Plaque build-up along and below the gumline harbors dangerous bacteria that causes gum disease. As plaque accumulates over time, deep pockets can form between the gum tissue and the teeth. These pockets allow bacteria to proliferate, which can irritate the gums, spread infection, and threaten dental health. In addition, severe gum disease has been linked to heightened risks of life-threatening conditions such as stroke, heart disease, and many others. Ideally, a combination of effective daily dental hygiene and regular cleanings should keep plaque at bay; however, it is common for adults to require additional treatment to eliminate plaque, remove calculus (hardened plaque), and prevent the development or progression of gum disease.

When you come in for a dental exam, our staff will evaluate your gingival health and measure the gum pockets around each tooth to determine if you are at risk for periodontal disease. When gingivitis or periodontal disease is discovered, Dr. Fawcett may suggest advanced periodontal treatments to prevent advancement of infection and restore oral health.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum disease can be indicated by the following symptoms:

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Stages of Gum Disease

Dentists generally recognize three stages of periodontal disease: