Periodontal diseases are those which affect the tissues and bones which surround and support the teeth. The two most common periodontal diseases are Gingivitis and Periodontitis.
Gingivitis is generally a very mild type of periodontal disease. Symptoms include swollen gums that are reddened and bleed easily, even when brushing the teeth or flossing. Gingivitis is a very treatable disease, and in many instances its effects can be reversed. The best way to avoid gingivitis is to brush and floss regularly.
Periodontitis is the disease which most often occurs when gingivitis is not treated, though it can also be caused by systemic ailments including diabetes and heart disease. Periodontitis can lead to infections and tooth loss.
A primary factor in successfully treating gingivitis is early detection! Your hygienist will be looking closely for signs of gingivitis during your regular cleanings. Doctor McFarland and Doctor Aye will also thoroughly examine your gums for signs of any infections during your regular exams.
If Doctor McFarland diagnoses you with gingivitis or periodontitis, he will discuss periodontal treatment options with you.
McFarland Family Dentistry has been serving Miles City and the surrounding communities since 1993. Doctor Aye, a Miles City Dentist, and Doctor McFarland, a Miles City Dentist, run a full service family dental practice, Doctor Aye and Doctor McFarland perform numerous dental procedures including cosmetic and restoration; dentures; dental bonding; bridges; crowns; implants; veneers; teeth whitening; sealants; fluoride treatments; root canals and more. McFarland Family Dentistry also maintains its own laboratory, fabrication and x-ray facilities to ensure that patients receive the very best care with as few visits as possible.