Periodontal Treatment Specialist

St. George Family Dental

Matthew P. St George, DDS

General Dentist & General Dentistry located in Fulton, MO

Over 80% of U.S adults suffer from some degree of gum disease, which is a risk factor in heart and lung disease. Matthew St. George, DDS, at St. George Family Dental in Fulton, Missouri, can help treat your periodontal disease to ensure your gums remain healthy and your oral health is perfect. If you have questions regarding your oral health, call our office today or schedule your appointment online.

Periodontal Treatment Q & A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, known as gum disease, is when your gums become inflamed and bleed easily due to the buildup of bacteria in plaque.

There are many symptoms related to gum disease, such as:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Gums that bleed while brushing
  • Bad taste in your mouth or bad breath
  • Receding gum line

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important you schedule a consultation with Dr. St. George to treat your gum disease and avoid consequences such as losing a tooth.

What are the stages of periodontal disease?

The three stages in gum disease are:

Gingivitis

This is the earliest stage of gum disease where you may notice some bleeding during brushing and flossing. Luckily, any damage during this stage can easily be reversed as the bone and connective tissue holding your tooth hasn’t been affected.

Periodontitis

If your gingivitis is left untreated, periodontitis can occur. In this stage, your gums slowly detach from your teeth creating deep pockets where food and plaque can build up, causing further damage. In addition, your gums will recede more and bleed easily.

Advanced periodontitis

In this final stage, the supporting structures of your teeth including bone and fibers are destroyed, which can result in the shifting, loosening, or falling out of your teeth. This leads to pain while chewing or offensive bad breath.

The best part is that gum disease is highly preventable and can be reversed through practicing proper plaque control methods. These include having a semiannual dental checkup, brushing and flossing daily, and avoiding smoking.

What are different periodontal treatments?

Because there are different stages to periodontal disease, Dr. St. George offers a variety of non-surgical and surgical treatments to eliminate plaque and prevent tooth loss, including:

  • Dental cleaning: Dr. St. George removes plaque and tartar from your teeth
  • Scaling and root planing: Scaling removes bacteria from the surface of your teeth and beneath your gums.
  • Crown lengthening surgery: Dr. St. George reshapes your excess gum and bone tissue exposing more of your natural tooth

If you’re struggling with any gum disease symptoms and want to stop your gingivitis from progressing, call St. George Family Dental today or schedule your appointment online.