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Periodontal Therapy Specialist

Gaston and Murrell Family Dentistry

Cosmetic, Family, and General Dentistry & Dentists, Cosmetic Dentists located in Green Hills, Nashville, TN

Periodontal disease affects 50% of adults and is the leading cause of tooth loss. Even worse, many people aren’t aware that they have it until it’s in its later stages. At Gaston and Murrell Family Dentistry in Nashville, Tennessee, Nathan Murrell, DMD, provides exceptional periodontal therapy for all of his patients suffering from gum disease. Don’t wait until it’s too late –– schedule your periodontal therapy appointment by phone or book online today.

Periodontal Therapy Q & A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a serious oral condition that affects the health of your gums. It occurs when your gum tissue develops a bacterial infection, which typically is caused when plaque and tartar are left to sit on your teeth for too long. 

Plaque and tartar are full of bacteria and acids that irritate your gum tissue, leading to a variety of complications.

How does periodontal disease develop?

Periodontal disease begins as gingivitis, which then can develop into periodontitis.

With gingivitis, the plaque and tartar on your teeth have only just started to irritate your gums. This leaves your gums inflamed, which might bleed when you brush or floss. 

Gingivitis is entirely reversible with more frequent dental cleanings and improved at-home care. But if it’s left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis.

Periodontitis is the more advanced form of gum disease, where your gums have become so irritated by the plaque and tartar that they begin to pull away from your teeth. 

This recession creates pockets between your teeth and gums, and those pockets tend to collect even more bacteria-laden debris. The infection eats away at the structures that hold your teeth in place until your teeth eventually fall out.

What are the signs of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease can produce the following symptoms:

  • Red, tender, or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing
  • Loose teeth
  • Change in how your bite feels
  • Receding gums, or teeth that appear longer
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Pus around your gumline

The symptoms of periodontal disease develop slowly, with many people being unaware of the signs until it’s already in the more advanced stages. 

This makes it all the more important to maintain regular cleanings and exams with Gaston and Murrell Family Dentistry. Your dentist is trained to spot the signs of gum disease in its earliest stages and can begin treatment before the disease progresses.

What is periodontal therapy?

Periodontal therapy is the professional treatment of periodontal disease. If your gum disease is still in the gingivitis stage, your periodontal therapy might request more regular cleanings and suggest improving your at-home care. 

If your gum disease has progressed to periodontitis, your dentist might need to perform more advanced periodontal therapy, like:

  • Scaling and root planing
  • Flap surgery or pocket reduction surgery
  • Bone graft or soft tissue graft

Don’t let gum disease damage your oral health. Schedule your periodontal therapy with Gaston and Murrell Family Dentistry today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.