Our dentist and team provide treatment for periodontal disease to help improve your oral health. Periodontal (gum) disease is a degenerative condition caused by harmful bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria infect and inflame the gum tissue, and when untreated, they can lead to the gum recession, tooth loss and deterioration of the supporting bone tissue.
Some common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Easy bleeding of the gums
- Gum recession
- Loose or separating teeth
- Mouth sores
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Changes in your bite or in the fit of oral appliances
- Halitosis (bad breath)
The earlier stages of gum disease can be controlled, and in some cases reversed, with thorough dental cleanings and improved home care. If the disease progresses to a more advanced stage, you will need more extensive and frequent treatments to keep your condition under control.
There are several treatments available for periodontal disease, and our dentist will carefully evaluate your mouth to determine which treatment or combination of treatments will best meet your needs. Treatments range from scaling and root planing to antibiotic treatments and surgical procedures.
If you have any questions about periodontal care in Billings and Lockwood, Montana, or if you want to set up an appointment with Dr. Brysen Hansen, call Lockwood Family Dental today at 406-702-1438.