Prevent Gum Disease in Spring Valley

Periodontal disease (also referred to broadly as gum disease) is among the most common oral health concerns in America, affecting an estimated 64.7 million men and women over the age of 30. Left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to the loss of permanent teeth and deterioration of the bone tissue within the jaw. At Michael G. Hollingshead, DDS, we provide patients with comprehensive periodontal disease therapy, effectively reducing their risks of developing serious complications.

The Importance of Periodontal Therapy

When plaque accumulates along the gum line and is not properly removed, the body’s immune system launches an attack against the bacteria in that area in an attempt to fight the infection. The gum tissue becomes red and swollen, and periodontal pockets form as the gums recede from the teeth. The cycle only continues as more bacteria collect deep within the pockets and the inflammation worsens. The gums may bleed when the teeth are brushed or flossed, and the exposed root area of the teeth may become extremely sensitive. Other health conditions that have been linked to untreated periodontal disease include:

  • Heart disease
  • Complications in patients with diabetes
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Dementia
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancers of the kidneys, blood, and pancreas

In order to halt this destructive process before it leads to even more severe problems, Dr. Hollingshead performs periodontal therapy treatments like scaling and root planing. This procedure removes the infection from beneath the gum line; antibiotic treatment may be necessary to completely eradicate the bacteria from inside the periodontal pockets. Periodontal maintenance visits will aid in the success of your therapy.

Schedule Your Periodontal Visit

As with all of our general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services, we will make sure that you are comfortable throughout your periodontal therapy treatment and that you are apprised of the status of your condition at every appointment. Our goal is to work with you every step of the way as we strive to achieve optimal oral health, overall wellness, and a beautiful smile you can feel proud of. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hollingshead. Our state-of-the-art dental practice proudly serves communities throughout Las Vegas and the surrounding areas, including Summerlin, Paradise, Spring Valley, Spanish Trail, and beyond.