When it comes to the treatment of gum disease, it’s important to seek the skilled and experienced care of a periodontist. At the office of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, we provide a comprehensive range of services from the dental cleanings and the treatment of gingivitis to more extensive therapy to address more advanced stages of gum disease. We also perform a full range of procedures to rebuild the soft and hard tissues supporting the teeth as well as cosmetic gum procedures, crown lengthening and the placement of dental implants.
Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that if left untreated can cause extensive damage to the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. One of the difficulties patients encounter with gum disease is that its progression is often painless and often they are unaware that a problem affecting the health of their smile is present. In its earliest stage, periodontal disease is known as gingivitis. It develops as the result of the accumulation of dental plaque that has migrated down into the gums and hardened into tartar. When this occurs, it typically causes red, swollen, or bleeding gums. The good news is, that at this point, reversing the course of the disease to avoid permanent damage is still possible. With deep cleanings from your periodontist, together with an improved regimen at home, and a commitment to regular maintenance, gum disease can be prevented from progressing any further. While that’s good news, the flipside is that without treatment, gingivitis progresses to periodontitis. At this point in time, tissue damage occurs. Again, with skilled treatment as provided by our office, the disease can be halted, oral health maintained, and any tissue damage effectively addressed. In the event of progression and bone loss, our periodontist offers advanced treatment options to help restore the health of your smile.
At the office of Russell Hatfield, DDS, MS, Ltd, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our practice and the many services we provide, give our office a call today.
By Russell D. Hatfield, DDS, MS, LTD
February 3, 2020
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