The gums and soft tissues that support your smile are important to your overall oral health. One of the common conditions that can damage this delicate area is periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease. This condition occurs when bacteria forms from built-up plaque and tartar. If left untreated, gum disease can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss. Dr. J. Steve Morton, our talented dentist, leads our dental team in providing excellent periodontal and gum treatment in Sevierville, Tennessee. The type of periodontal treatment you need will be based on your individual case and the severity of the condition. As part of your treatment plan, we may suggest:
- Better brushing and flossing techniques
- Antibiotics to control the infection
- Deep-cleaning methods, such as scaling and root planning, to remove infected gum tissue and built-up plaque and tartar
- Gum surgery, for more severe cases
If your gums are bleeding or swollen, or if your teeth appear unusually long, you may have gum disease. For more information about the signs and symptoms of gum disease, and to schedule your consultation with our dental team, we encourage you to contact us today. We look forward to helping you keep your entire smile healthy and strong.