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Gum Disease Treatments

Smiling woman in greehouseThe word periodontal is actually a compound of two Greek words. “Perio” means around and “odont” means tooth. Thus, periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is an oral health condition that affects the supportive structures around the teeth. This includes the soft tissue as well as the supportive bone tissue. When plaque and tartar buildup at the gum lines irritates soft tissue, the result can be a significant loss of gum tissue volume and jaw bone density that, in severe cases, may lead to tooth loss or severe bite misalignment. The Miller Dental Arts team screens for early warning signs of gum disease as part of every six-month dental checkup, but if patients do experience mild periodontal disease, gingivitis, or the more advanced form, periodontitis, we can provide safe, effective treatment options to renew oral health. Contact us right away if you experience any of the common warning signs of gum disease including:

  • Bleeding gums during cleaning
  • Receding gum tissue
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Dental sensitivity
  • Teeth that shift
  • A bite that does not fit together properly

Benefits of Healthy Gums

Closeup of smile with healthy teeth and gumsThe gums support tooth structure, but they also create the attractive line of the smile and provide volume and shape for the face. Some of the benefits of preventing gum disease and renewing oral health quickly include:

  • Teeth are kept in ideal alignment
  • Reduced risk of tooth loss and other advanced oral health conditions
  • Better breath
  • Pleasing aesthetic appearance