Gum Disease Treatment
in Broken Arrow, OK

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. Though gum disease can result in tooth loss, that outcome isn’t always the case. With prevention and treatment, Dr. Holleman and our team can help individuals with gum disease maintain or improve their periodontal health. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment or learn more about our gum disease treatment in Broken Arrow, OK!

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What does gum disease look like?

Red, swollen, painful, or bleeding gums can suggest that you may have gum disease. Though these are common symptoms of gum disease, not every individual with gum disease will experience these symptoms. In most cases, gum disease often begins with gingivitis. Gingivitis can show mild symptoms or none at all. As gingivitis progresses into more advanced stages of gum disease, gums may recede, exposing tooth roots, and pockets can form between teeth and gums, harboring bacteria. Persistent bad breath, loose teeth, and changes in bite alignment are also common signs.

What are treatments for gum disease?

Treatment for gum disease varies based on its severity. Mild cases of gum disease, such as gingivitis, may require improved oral hygiene habits along with professional cleanings. More advanced stages of gum disease might involve deep cleaning treatments like scaling and root planing to remove tartar and smooth root surfaces. When gum disease advances to where teeth become loose, surgery may be necessary to repair damaged tissues or bone. Our team will always provide treatment options that align with your smile goals.

What causes bone loss in teeth?

Bone loss in teeth, also known as periodontal bone loss, primarily stems from untreated gum disease. When plaque builds up along the gumline, it triggers inflammation, leading to the destruction of the supporting tissues, including bone. Additionally, factors like smoking, genetics, poor oral hygiene, and certain medical conditions can contribute to bone loss in teeth. Without professional treatment, bone loss can progress, resulting in tooth mobility, shifting, and potential tooth loss.

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