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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.

  • Wish I could give them and Dr Ryan 10 more stars... very pleasant and professional as well as going the extra mile during this covid 19 pandemic era to help me with a infected tooth that’s was causing me a lot of pain! Thank you very much!

    thumb Tim Harvey
    April 25, 2021

    Love this office!! The staff are so friendly every visit! Linda is the best Hygienist.
    Dr.Harrison is friendly and easy to talk to.
    He does excellent work! Denise is awesome too!! You won't find a better crew anywhere!

    thumb Nunya Business
    November 25, 2021

    Dr. Ryan and assistant Cameron, the absolute best! very professional and friendly.

    thumb Bryanna Washington
    April 25, 2020
  • First time visiting this practice today after my former dentist retired and I am blown away at how great it is. The staff treated me like I was a longtime customer, made me feel valued and welcomed. They had much nicer technology and more advanced dental cleaning tools than my last dentist and I walked out of the appointment feeling like my mouth was incredibly cleaned. They took great precautions to avoid Covid spread so I didn't even remotely feel like I was walking into a risky setting, it felt very safe. The dentist was really nice and also made me feel very welcome. I will be a longtime patient of this practice, I know that for a fact!

    thumb Daniel Turner
    April 25, 2021

    Always friendly great staff

    thumb Melissa Gray
    April 25, 2020

    Came here for first time. Love this office!

    thumb Zain Almajali
    April 25, 2021
  • I've only had pleasant interactions here :) The Dentists and Assistants are amazing! They seem to enjoy their work, and they do a great job.

    thumb Amy Passanita
    April 25, 2021

    Very pleasant experience. Gentle and kind.

    thumb Zoe Tallman
    April 25, 2020

Contact us today at (540) 562-4001 to set up an appointment.

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