Your dental health depends on more than just the condition of your teeth. The tissue and bone holding your teeth in place also need to be evaluated and treated regularly. Tryon Dentistry provides thorough periodontic care to keep your mouth, jaw, and teeth in good shape.

What Is the Periodontium?

The periodontium is the gum tissue surrounding your teeth, keeping them well-supported and stable in your jaw bone so that they do not loosen or fall out. Like your teeth, the periodontium can become infected when bacteria or plaque build-up is left alone for too long.

What Is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is the inflammation or infection of the periodontium. Common symptoms of periodontitis are:

  • Puffy or shiny gums.
  • Red or purple gums.
  • Pain in the gums or gums that bleed easily.
  • Receding gum line.
  • Many spaces between teeth.
  • Loose teeth.
  • Bad breath.

Risk factors and causes of periodontitis are:

  • Poor or infrequent at-home dental hygiene.
  • Gingivitis (gum tissue inflammation) that is not treated.
  • Irritating or corrosive food and drink.
  • Dry mouth or gums.
  • Smoking or tobacco use.

Even if you are not experiencing any pain, symptoms of periodontitis should be evaluated by a dentist immediately. Periodontitis can be treated more easily in its early stages but may spread and create more complications if ignored for too long.

Our Periodontic Treatment

Regular and thorough at-home dental care can keep your periodontium in good condition, but a normal toothbrush and floss cannot always clear out the bacteria that may settle below your gum line.

We offer scaling and deep cleaning to gently reach and eliminate the plaque and tartar that you cannot reach on your own. For more serious cases of periodontitis, we may refer you to a specialist.

The best way to care for your periodontium is through preventative care with regular dental screenings. Call us today to schedule an examination and deep cleaning treatment.