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Gum disease treatment in Ballwin MO

If you are struggling with gum disease, contact your Ballwin Family Dentist today.

Gum Disease Treatment in Ballwin MO

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis or periodontal disease, begins with bacterial growth in your mouth and may lead to tooth loss if not properly treated. The health of your gums is so important and can have negative results if it’s not addressed.
 
According to the American Academy of Periodontology and a study done in 2012, one out of every two American adults ages 30 and over have periodontal disease. That is half of American adults. 
 


Causes and Signs of Gum Disease

 
Some common causes of gum disease can include:
 
 
It’s easy to overlook gum disease because often times the symptoms are painless. Here are some signs that you may be dealing with gum disease:
 
 

Treatment of Gum Disease

 
Dr. Kevin F. Postol, your Ballwin family dentist, offers non-surgical, less invasive, and surgical options to treat gum disease.
 

Non-Surgical Treatments
 

Early gum disease is reversible. If you do not regularly brush and floss it’s time to start up some better habits: 
 
 
Scheduling regular visits to your dental office is one of the most important steps to helping treat the early symptoms of gum disease. Schedule them every 6 months, especially if you suspect you have gum disease. 
 
When healthy dental habits and dental visits don’t clear up gum disease you may need to have some antibiotics prescribed to you. 
 
 

Scaling and Root Planing
 

Scaling is when all plaque and tartar is removed above and below the gumline, cleaning all the way down to the bottom of the pocket. After this planing will occur. This is done by smoothing out your teeth roots to help the gums reattach to the teeth. This may take more than one visit to complete.
 

Surgical Treatments 
 

Which kind of surgery Dr. Postol performs will depend on the type and severity of your gum disease.  The invasiveness of the surgery will also depend on the state of your gums. 
 
 

Preparing For Gum Surgery
 

Before gum surgery, we will perform a pre-operative exam to make sure it is safe to have surgery. During the exam, the following will likely occur:
 
 

Choosing The Right Dentist

 
It is so important to find a dental home and to be comfortable there. Dr. Kevin Postol is committed to each and every one of his patients. He believes that having a personal relationship with them allows his to be a better dentist and help make a difference in their lives. 
 
Dr. Postol has the certification, training and beyond to be the right dentist for the job. He enjoys continuing education and learning new dental treatments and developments that will help his patients and practice. He has extensive training in gum disease treatment in Ballwin, as well as in dental implants, gum recession treatment, dentures, laser dentistry and relaxation dentistry to help those patients who may have some anxiety about visiting the dentist.
 
If left untreated, gum disease can cause many additional health problems. If you have any of the symptoms above or suspect you may suffer from gum disease, contact us today. As one of the best dentists in Ballwin, Dr. Postol will help you decide on the treatment that is right for you.