Mississippi Periodontics and Implants
Curtis Caskey, DMD
Periodontist located in Ridgeland, MS
Periodontics ensures the proper diagnosis and treatment of any issues relating to your gum. At Mississippi Periodontics and Implants, Curtis Caskey, DMD, offers comprehensive periodontal services to men, women, and children living in Ridgeland, Mississippi. His compassionate and educational approach to periodontics ensures not only that your pain disappears but that you also know its precise provenance.
Periodontist Q & A
What is periodontics?
Periodontics refers to the branch of dentistry that specializes in gum care. It addresses periodontal disease prevention and care and includes a series of advanced treatments to restore the long-lasting health of your gums.
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
In its early stages, periodontal disease doesn’t always exhibit symptoms. Nonetheless, if left unaddressed, symptoms can become extremely pronounced, painful, and dangerous. Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Inflammation of gums
- Gum swelling
- Tender or painful gums
- Bleeding and discomfort while brushing and flossing
If you experience these symptoms, you’re most likely suffering from gingivitis, which refers to periodontal disease in early and easily treatable stages.
The longer you wait, the higher your chances of developing periodontitis — a much more advanced form of periodontal disease. With periodontitis, you run the risk of gum recession, tooth instability, and shifting teeth.
Even what appears to be a minor symptom warrants periodontic attention.
What causes periodontal disease?
Various factors go into the development of periodontal disease, though anyone is at risk of contracting it.
The most common causes of periodontal disease include a combination of family history, chronic illnesses like diabetes, and smoking addictions.
You can also develop periodontal disease if you don’t maintain proper oral hygiene. Dr. Caskey recommends that you brush and floss your teeth at least twice daily and that you come in regularly for professional cleanings and checkups at Mississippi Periodontics and Implants.
What is the treatment for periodontal disease?
During your appointment at Mississippi Periodontics and Implants, Dr. Caskey spends some time evaluating your condition, examining both the overall health of your teeth and the state of your gums. From there, he can recommend a personalized treatment plan that uniquely matches your needs.
Standard treatments for periodontal disease are:
- Oral antibiotics
- Oral irrigation
- Scaling and root planing
- Dental cleaning
If your periodontal disease is too advanced for conservative treatment, Dr. Caskey can recommend gum recession surgery or dental implants.
Your periodontist is here to make sure your gums remain in impeccable shape. Get in touch with the office today by phone or online to learn more about periodontal treatment.