Periodontal disease isn’t something to ignore. It doesn’t go away on its own, and it cannot be cured – only maintained. Untreated periodontal disease can cause gum recession and ultimately, tooth loss. Periodontal disease also has been connected to other systemic diseases, including heart attack, stroke, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

Because we want to help you stay healthy and keep your natural teeth for life, Raleigh dentists Dr. Susan Thompson and Dr. Ben Thompson offers periodontal diagnosis, maintenance and treatment.

Those who have periodontal disease likely need to have more than two professional cleanings per year. We will work with you to tailor your recall intervals to properly manage the disease.

Periodontal treatment offered in our office includes:

Scaling and root planing- this is a nonsurgical deep cleaning of your teeth. Scaling removes tartar from beneath the gum line and down to the roots, while root planing helps even out rough spots on the roots of your teeth that can trap bacteria and promote gum disease.

Arestin treatment- once we have completed the deep cleaning of your teeth, we may recommend this antibiotic treatment because it helps kill the bacteria that leads to periodontal disease. This is a time-released antibiotic, which means it continues to fight the bacteria while your gums heal from the deep cleaning.

Periodontal Disease Signs

Please call our office to schedule a comprehensive examination if you or your loved one exhibits any of the following signs of periodontal disease:

  • Chronic bad breath
  • Red, swollen, painful or tender gums
  • Gums that bleed with flossing, brushing, or during dental exams
  • Loose teeth
  • Teeth that have shifted out of place

The earlier periodontal disease is diagnosed and addressed, the greater the chances of bringing it under control.

Risk Factors

You could be a greater risk of periodontal disease if you have any of the following risk factors:

  • You are age 65 or older
  • You have a history of tobacco use
  • You have a family history of gum disease
  • You take certain types of oral contraceptives, anti-depressants and heart medicines that can cause dry mouth and lead to gum disease