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Gum disease

This condition is typically caused by an accumulation of sticky plaque bacteria but can be aggravated by chronic health conditions and numerous other factors.

As experts in the field of periodontics, our team is skilled at identifying and treating all stages of periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is also known as gum disease, an infection that attacks the gum tissue and bone that surrounds the teeth.

Periodontal disease is also known as gum disease, an infection that attacks the gum tissue and bone that surrounds the teeth.  This condition is typically caused by an accumulation of sticky plaque bacteria but can be aggravated by chronic health conditions and numerous other factors. As experts in the field of periodontics, our team is skilled at identifying and treating all stages of periodontal disease.

Gum Disease and Your Health

The issue of gum disease isn’t only limited to your mouth.  Studies suggest that gum disease is possibly linked to a host of other chronic diseases like stroke, pneumonia, heart disease, and diabetes. There is also the risk for complications during pregnancy.

Our team aims to help improve your overall health by reducing the inflammation and bacteria that characterize periodontal disease as well as other systemic diseases.

Testimonials

  • Dr. Benjamin Duval is fantastic! He is a compassionate and caring person and I have always been made to feel not only important but completely at ease with him. If you are looking for a Periodontist in Savannah, I highly recommend him!

    Sandy Marek
  • Dr. Duval is a very friendly and professional doctor. He is extremely careful to make sure you are comfortable and does a lot of follow up. His staff is also friendly and professional and I would recommend this practice to others who need dental implants.

     

    Mary Forrest

gum-disease-savannahRecognize the Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Without a periodontal evaluation, the earliest signs of periodontal disease are easy to overlook until a considerable degree of damage has occurred.

  • Bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Widening spaces between the teeth
  • Unmanageable bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or sore gums

Treatment

Periodontal disease cannot be corrected with brushing, flossing, or a “regular” cleaning. Instead, the appropriate treatment method will depend upon the extent of the infection and damage. Our team of periodontal experts will assess the level of your periodontal disease and then recommend one or more of the following treatment options:

Scaling and Root Planing (deep cleaning) for the in-depth removal of tartar, plaque, and bacterial toxins along the gumline and root surfaces of the teeth.

Medications, prescription mouth rinses, and long-term periodontal maintenance.

Periodontal surgery and laser therapy.

We are here to provide you with the support and professional care that you’ll need to overcome periodontal disease. To learn more about your treatment options and the impact of this infection on your general health, please don’t hesitate to contact our office for an appointment today.

Common Questions

Periodontal disease is a condition in which inflammation affects the gum tissue and causes symptoms such as redness, swelling and bleeding in the gums. Periodontal disease is a progressive condition, which means that the symptoms become more severe as the disease advances. In the later stages of periodontal disease, symptoms can include gum recession and even tooth and bone loss. However, if patients act quickly to get treatment for periodontal disease in its earliest stage, they can reduce their risk of tooth and bone loss. Gum disease also appears to have some relationship with systemic issues like heart disease and diabetes, so preventing this condition can benefit your overall wellness in addition to your oral health.

Fortunately, periodontal disease is preventable. If you maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home, brushing twice each day and flossing daily, you will minimize the presence of the oral bacteria that cause gum disease. It’s also important to follow up with your dentist for routine exams, as well as professional cleanings that eliminate any plaque or tartar that accumulates despite your brushing and flossing. If you experience an initial episode of gum disease, you are at greater risk for a future recurrence, so you should follow up with a periodontist for regular monitoring so that any additional symptoms can be identified and addressed early.

Gum disease occurs when the oral bacteria found in plaque along the gumline begin to attack the gum tissue and cause inflammation. That inflammation results in symptoms that are mild at first, such as swelling or redness, but become more severe as the condition advances. Reducing the presence of bacteria in your mouth can help you to reduce your risk of gum disease.

Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease, causing issues like bleeding, redness or swelling of the gums. This stage of gum disease is most easily treated, usually responding to a thorough professional dental cleaning. However, if you fail to address gingivitis, it can progress into periodontitis, which has more significant symptoms and is likely to need a more invasive intervention.

Meet Your Periodontist


Dr. Benjamin T. Duval is a Board Certified Periodontist who practices full time in Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Duval graduated dental school cum Laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.
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Benjamin T. Duval, DDS
835 65th Street
Suite 101
Savannah, GA 31405

(912) 662-0610