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Periodontal Therapy

Columbus dentist recommends gum disease treatment for positive impact on oral health

Healthy gums are the foundation for good oral health, yet they may often be overlooked. Dr. Joseph Narde of Willow Point Dental in Columbus, GA, encourages patients to maintain a regular schedule of preventative oral care, including brushing, flossing, and routine dental checkups. Thorough oral hygiene is the most effective way to ensure gum health. Combined with exams and professional cleanings, Dr. Narde and the Willow Point Dental staff can help with maintaining pristine oral health. By maintaining office visits, any problems can be detected early, and treatment initiated. When concerns are addressed and proper attention is received at the earliest signs of gum disease, the outcomes will be more effective.

Gingivitis is first stage of developing periodontitis. This is the degree where we can best halt progression of gum disease and reduce gum inflammation. Visits for professional cleanings allow for plaque to be removed that has built up along the gum line. If left untreated, bacteria-laden plaque will damage gum tissue, and can progress and ultimately lead to tooth loss. Common signs of a developing gum infection include:
  • Bleeding when brushing or flossing
  • Swollen, tender, red gums
  • Continual problem with bad breath or taste
  • Receding gum line
  • Looseness or shifting of teeth
Any of these warning signs should lead to a prompt dental appointment to have these conditions evaluated.

If a patient’s condition has deteriorated beyond the stage of gingivitis, gum disease treatment may include such effective methods as scaling and root planing. For this procedure, a patient is made comfortable with local anesthesia, and harmful debris is gently removed from the roots of teeth below the gum line. Ozone therapy is an added part of therapy that we use at this stage, which is not available in all dental practices. This process makes treatment more effective by introducing ozone into the treated gums to penetrate and destroy harmful bacteria. If deemed necessary, antibiotics will be added into the treatment plan, as well. Patients with anxiety regarding dental procedures should inquire about safe, effective means of sedation we offer in order to be more relaxed for this type of important care. Patients can be comfortable in knowing that Willow Point Dental has the education and experience to fight gum disease and restore their oral health.

Call us and make an appointment today. With regular dental visits and our quality preventative care, we can help you avoid many complex issues. When restorative care becomes necessary, enjoy our welcoming environment with the most compassionate yet effective methods. We hope you will consider us your home for individual and family dental care.

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