Vanguard Dental in Springfield, MA is happy to offer our patients a variety of periodontal care.
Our patient-centered approach focuses on your wellbeing and overall comfort when treating periodontal
Because periodontal disease typically doesn't cause pain or discomfort until it has advanced, many patients are unaware that they have the condition in the early stages, commonly referred to as gingivitis.
Gingivitis is a mild gum disease that causes red and swollen gums that often bleed when a patient is brushing his or her teeth. The patient will often disregard the bleeding, assuming it's normal. Since gingivitis generally causes no pain, it often goes undiagnosed. Patients are urged to visit their dental care provider any time they encounter bleeding while brushing or flossing their teeth as this is the earliest stage of periodontal disease.
The next stage is periodontitis, which can cause the gums to separate from the teeth, leaving “pockets” that are extremely susceptible to bacteria growth. The bacteria in these pockets start to break down the bone, beginning irreparable damage, and will eventually cause the teeth to become loose, fall out, or require professional extraction by a dentist. In addition, periodontal disease can lead to the loss of bone density and gum tissue. Once it reaches this stage, periodontal disease is considered manageable, but incurable. A treatment plan will then be put into place to slow the progression of the disease, repair damaged tissue, and restore the patient's smile.
Treatments for periodontal disease can be difficult and expensive. A combination of pocket reduction, bone grafting, gum grafting, and other procedures may be required. As always, we encourage patients to maintain their oral health with brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits to prevent the risk of periodontal disease.
If you have already been affected by periodontal disease, Vanguard offers a variety of periodontal care and restorative procedures to help bring your smile back. Our team is highly trained in the most advanced techniques to assure you are receiving the most trusted and cutting edge treatment for your oral problems. At Vanguard, we focus on you, the patient. We are committed to creating a Lifetime of Smiles.
If you are in Springfield, MA and you are experiencing periodontal problems and would like to schedule an appointment today, please call us at 413-543-2555. Vanguard Dental also serves families in Wilbraham, Hampden, Ludlow, East Longmeadow, Chicopee, Sixteen Acres, and Indian Orchard.
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