4 Important Facts about Periodontal Disease in the Triangle

Most dental patients easily understand that cavities need treatment before they get worse. Fixing teeth damaged by decay is a routine part of the work at E. Scott Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in the Triangle. But sometimes dental issues require treatment that is less well understood by patients. Periodontal disease is one condition that presents a real danger to teeth; however, because it exists below the gumline, patients can have trouble understanding the treatment and why it is required.

Here are four details every patient should know about periodontal disease:

  • Source: Periodontal disease affects the gums and the teeth below the gumline. It is caused when bacteria builds up in that area, causing infection. Plaque can build up below the gumline, eventually causing gums to separate from teeth.
  • Symptoms: Bad breath, receding gums, bleeding, and swollen gums are all signs of possible periodontal disease. Only a dental professional can make a diagnosis.
  • Dangers: Untreated periodontal disease can eventually lead to bone loss, exposure of the tooth roots, loose teeth, and tooth loss. Teeth may shift in the mouth because they are no longer held firmly in place.
  • Treatment: Treatment for periodontal disease depends on its severity. Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning of the tooth below the gumline. More advanced cases may require surgical intervention to reduce the size of the gum pocket where bacteria collects or bone grafts to restore areas of bone loss. 

Periodontal disease is a serious condition that requires professional treatment. If you have any of the signs of periodontal disease, call our office today to schedule an exam. E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is conveniently located, is accepting new patients and treats all ages.


This informative post about dental health and cosmetic treatments is brought to you by Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC. Please call us for an appointment today.


919 380 9311


202 Town Village Drive

Cary, NC 27513

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