During a routine cleaning and examination, one of our dentists may inform you that you are suffering from gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. These bacteria can cause inflammation and destruction of the supportive structures of the teeth, primarily the bone and connective tissues.

Symptoms of periodontal disease include red, swollen gums that are tender and bleed easily. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, may also manifest in loose teeth, painful chewing, persistent bad breath, and receding gums, causing your teeth to appear longer than normal.

The treatment for gum disease is based on your specific dental needs. Depending on the severity of your disease, Drs. Smith, Stahr, and Smith may recommend additional professional dental cleanings each year, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planning (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. Contact Smith & Stahr, P.S.C. if you would like the benefits of periodontal treatment in Lexington, Kentucky.