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Combat Gum Disease With Peters Creek Dentistry

Offering Periodontics in Roanoke, VA

Periodontics is a subspecialty of dentistry concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the gums, teeth and supporting tissues of the oral cavity, also known as the periodontium.

Our periodontics practice serving Roanoke and surrounding areas focuses on the supporting structures of the teeth and jaws, known as the periodontal tissues, and the sites of infection and inflammation of these tissues. The purpose of periodontics is to help patients maintain healthy teeth and gums for the best oral health outcome.

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a disease of the gums caused by an accumulation of plaque in the pockets of your gums. It’s the most common type of dental disease in the United States, affecting nearly half of all Americans at some point in their lives. It’s important to see your dentist for regular checkups to catch gum disease early, as it is the leading cause of tooth loss and can lead to other health problems.

Gum disease can be hard to detect early on, as the symptoms are not always obvious. That’s why it’s important to visit a periodontist—someone who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease—if you experience any of the following signs or symptoms: excessive tooth decay, bad breath, tingling in the mouth, pain when eating or chewing, or bleeding when brushing or flossing.

The periodontists at Peters Creek Dentistry can help you prevent gum disease. We identify signs early on, so we can provide treatment right away and your gum health improve.

Scaling and root planing are two techniques that are used to treat gum disease and improve the appearance of your smile. They become necessary with chronic periodontal disease, where large pockets develop between your gums and teeth. These pockets form when the gums have pulled away from the teeth due to the bacteria in the plaque buildup.

Scaling involves removing plaque and tartar along and under the gumline, while a root planer is used to smooth out tooth roots to help the gums reattach to the teeth. Both techniques are performed by dentists at Peters Creek Dentistry. It can take more than one visit depending on the severity of your condition.

Both scaling and root planing are part of a comprehensive oral health care regimen that should be regularly scheduled with your dentist at Peters Creek Dentistry in Roanoke. We will most likely suggest a regular periodontics maintenance schedule, which would entail more frequent visits to our office—four times a year versus twice a year.

Periodontal therapy is a form of oral care that focuses on the health of the gums and the supporting tissues around your teeth and gums. The periodontists at Peters Creek Dentistry perform periodontal therapy treatments, such as cleanings, scaling, and root planing, to help improve gum health and prevent bone and tissue loss.

The gingiva is the tissue that covers the inside of your teeth. A gingivectomy is a procedure to remove a small portion of the gums around the teeth and is used to treat gum disease or receding gums.

We perform this as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. The gingivectomy leaves behind a small amount of gum tissue to help support the remaining teeth and ensure they remain healthy and functional.

By maintaining healthy gums and teeth, you can prevent oral disease, such as bad breath and toothaches, and potentially much more serious health conditions. An added bonus—it keeps your smile looking its best.

Let us help you improve your oral health! Contact Peters Creek Dentistry today to schedule your periodontics appointment.

  • I LOVE this office !!!! Stephanie taught me proper dental care that in 51 years and several dental hygentists never told me!!!

    Yarn Mom Avatar Yarn Mom
    March 8, 2024

    Peters Creek Dentistry is thorough and attentive to patient needs. Front office staff, hygienist and dentist all friendly and knowledgeable. Equipment is up to date. This was my first visit and I will be returning. Great practice!

    Karlee Mccormack Avatar Karlee Mccormack
    March 1, 2024

    Dr. Ryan and his staff are awesome. Very friendly, down-to-earth and welcoming. As much as I dislike having anything done to my teeth, they make it "painless" in every sense of the word!

    Linda Kirkwood Avatar Linda Kirkwood
    February 15, 2024
  • Amazing! In the past I’ve had really bad dental experiences and anxiety, but not anymore! Highly recommended for anyone who is anxious about going to a dentist. Definitely coming back for life!

    Derek W Avatar Derek W
    February 15, 2024

    This place went over and beyond for my daughter at her appointment !!! Couldn’t have had a better first experience with this place!! Everything about this place was just top notch service! Smiling faces and happy workers! Actually, looking forward to my appointment!

    Ashley Myers Avatar Ashley Myers
    February 15, 2024

    I can’t brag enough about this practice. I highly recommend.

    kelley ballew Avatar kelley ballew
    January 15, 2024
  • Both hygenist and Dentist were great Very professional

    Karl Stewart Avatar Karl Stewart
    January 15, 2024

    Great office with caring staff! Thank you Dr. Ryan, you’re the best!

    Jane mcclanahan Avatar Jane mcclanahan
    December 15, 2023

    Let me start off by saying I have went to many dentist in the Roanoke area. I have really bad anxiety when it comes to my teeth and I was always so nervous, to the point of dentist offices refusing to help me. This location is much different. They took my worries and fears away. Dr. Ryan is a fabulous dentist that I have been seeing for almost a year now and I have had two-three procedures. I will recommend this place to everyone I can. Thank you Dr. Ryan and staff for always making me feel at ease.

    Hillary Michaels Avatar Hillary Michaels
    November 15, 2023

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