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Periodontal Disease

Treatments aimed at addressing gum disease and preventing its progression, preserving the health of the gums, and supporting teeth.

Periodontal Disease

Nearly 70% of adults have some form of periodontal disease by age 65, and many experience symptoms much earlier. Nasrin Sadeghi, DMD, Medha Singh, DMD, BDS, MS, and the team are expert periodontal care providers at First Dental Associates in Reading, Massachusetts. The team uses advanced technology to prevent, diagnose, and treat periodontal disease at all stages. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about periodontal treatment. 

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection of your gums, the tissues that provide a stable foundation for your teeth. Also called gum disease, this infection can eat away at your tooth-supporting tissues, including your jawbone, once it spreads. Early intervention is essential to slow the progression of gum disease and reverse the damage it causes.

What are the signs of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease may not have obvious signs in its early stages. However, over time, gum disease can cause:

  • Swollen gums
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Redness
  • Visible pockets of pus between the teeth and gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Shifting teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Tooth loss
  • Receding gums
  • Tooth Sensitivity

After a comprehensive dental exam that includes digital X-rays, the team can create an individualized periodontal treatment plan to address your needs.

Are there different types of periodontal disease?

The two most common types of periodontal disease are:

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. When caught early, the effects of gingivitis are reversible. Your gums may feel sensitive and bleed when you brush your teeth, but your teeth are still firmly intact.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is an advanced form of periodontal disease that loosens your gums’ grip on your teeth. The condition isn’t reversible, but the team can slow its progression and prevent further damage.

What causes periodontal disease?

Plaque, a sticky type of bacteria, causes periodontal disease. Once plaque penetrates your gumline, it forms small pockets and releases toxins that eat away at your tooth-supporting tissues. Many factors can increase your risk of having periodontal disease, including:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Certain medications
  • Genetics
  • Tobacco use
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Poor nutrition

Some medical conditions, like diabetes, can also increase your risk of developing periodontal disease.

How is periodontal disease diagnosed?

A comprehensive dental exam is essential to diagnose gum disease. After assessing your gums, the team uses digital X-rays to view your underlying tissues. They also use a periodontal probe to indicate whether you have pockets of plaque deeper than 3 mm.

What are the treatments for periodontal disease?

The team at First Dental Associates can treat periodontal disease with:

Scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing is a minimally invasive procedure that involves cleaning out pockets of plaque. After the procedure, the team smooths the roots to reattach your gums to your teeth.

Gum surgery

Advanced gum disease may require gum grafting surgery. This treatment involves taking tissue from one part of your mouth and placing it over areas of recession to protect your tooth roots.

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Welcoming Atmosphere

I highly recommend First Dental, they are welcoming the moment you walk in the door. Dr. Nasrin Sadeghi puts you at ease before she even begins. For many, the dentist can make you feel scared or anxious but I can honestly say at First Dental with ...
Jacqui T.

Welcoming Atmosphere

I highly recommend First Dental, they are welcoming the moment you walk in the door. Dr. Nasrin Sadeghi puts you at ease before she even begins. For many, the dentist can make you feel scared or anxious but I can honestly say at First Dental with the pleasant atmoshere and the wonderful staff you walk out smiling.
Jacqui T.

Just Fantastic

I am very anxious going to the dentist even for just a cleaning. Doctor Sadeghi is very caring and gentle. She is very understanding of my apprehension. She performs all services at the pace I can handle. I can’t say enough about the...
Victoria B.

Just Fantastic

I am very anxious going to the dentist even for just a cleaning. Doctor Sadeghi is very caring and gentle. She is very understanding of my apprehension. She performs all services at the pace I can handle. I can’t say enough about the team. They’re just fantastic. I have had the best care by not only the doctor but by every hygienist that has cleaned my teeth. I look forward to seeing Carol. I can’t believe how she remembers specifics about each patient.
Victoria B.

Personal Experience

I was referred to First Dental Associates by a family friend and have been a patient for more than 5 years now. The team at First Dental makes a visit to the dentist a pleasurable experience. Upon entering the office, I am greeted by Carol at the ...
Sara Q.

Personal Experience

I was referred to First Dental Associates by a family friend and have been a patient for more than 5 years now. The team at First Dental makes a visit to the dentist a pleasurable experience. Upon entering the office, I am greeted by Carol at the front desk, whom always wears a smile and asks how my family is doing, creating the kind of personal experience that is hard to find these days. The hygienists are always so friendly, professional, and thorough with cleanings. Dr. Sadeghi, also very kind and professional, has completed flawless dental work for me from replacing fillings to administering my Invisalign treatment. The office is impeccably clean and the equipment is all new. If you are looking for a dentist in the Reading area, I highly recommend First Dental Associates.
Sara Q.

Amazing care!

I look forward to visiting Dr. Sadeghi and her staff. Always a relaxing and pleasant experience, they are the way a dental office should be. They do not push any procedures onto the patient and my cleaning was performed with the utmost care. They are the ...
Bruce T

Amazing care!

I look forward to visiting Dr. Sadeghi and her staff. Always a relaxing and pleasant experience, they are the way a dental office should be. They do not push any procedures onto the patient and my cleaning was performed with the utmost care. They are the best!!
Bruce T

Caring

Caring dental practice , take the time to explain procedures and make sure I was comfortable with the decisions.
Susan F.

Caring

Caring dental practice , take the time to explain procedures and make sure I was comfortable with the decisions.
Susan F.

Won't Go Anywhere Else

I've been a patient of Dr. Sadeghi's for more than 25 years, and at First Dental since they opened. I wouldn't go anywhere else. Just excellent, always, and incredible people as well.
Joe M.

Won't Go Anywhere Else

I've been a patient of Dr. Sadeghi's for more than 25 years, and at First Dental since they opened. I wouldn't go anywhere else. Just excellent, always, and incredible people as well.
Joe M.

Accommodating and Helpful

Had such a wonderful experience during my first visit. The whole team was so welcoming to me and my son. The hygienist was super mindful of my 3-year-old, gentle, and thorough throughout the cleaning. Dr Sadeghi was equally wonderful. She took the time to explain ...
Suada N

Accommodating and Helpful

Had such a wonderful experience during my first visit. The whole team was so welcoming to me and my son. The hygienist was super mindful of my 3-year-old, gentle, and thorough throughout the cleaning. Dr Sadeghi was equally wonderful. She took the time to explain what was going on and offer different solutions that fit my comfort level. Will definitely be returning!
Suada N

Great Staff

The dentist is amazing as well as the hygienist. Very friendly people and super helpful too. There’s a younger girl there I believe her name is Maya super sweet and extremely helpful. I had a lot of questions and she was able to answer...
Paul C

Great Staff

The dentist is amazing as well as the hygienist. Very friendly people and super helpful too. There’s a younger girl there I believe her name is Maya super sweet and extremely helpful. I had a lot of questions and she was able to answer all of them. The woman at the desk was super kind and very inviting just all around great dental office.
Paul C

Amazing Care

Dr. Sadeghi and her staff are the best. She goes out of her way to make my entire family feel safe and comfortable while in her care, especially my two boys. We have all been ...
Jenny Q.

Amazing Care

Dr. Sadeghi and her staff are the best. She goes out of her way to make my entire family feel safe and comfortable while in her care, especially my two boys. We have all been patients of Dr. Sadeghi for years and the care we receive is amazing.
Jenny Q.

Pleasurable Experience

I was referred to First Dental Associates by a family friend and have been a patient for more than 5 years now. The team at First Dental makes a visit to the dentist a pleasurable experience. Upon entering the office, I am greeted by Carol at the ...
Sarah Q

Pleasurable Experience

I was referred to First Dental Associates by a family friend and have been a patient for more than 5 years now. The team at First Dental makes a visit to the dentist a pleasurable experience. Upon entering the office, I am greeted by Carol at the front desk, who always wears a smile and asks how my family is doing, creating the kind of personal experience that is hard to find these days. The hygienists are always so friendly, professional, and thorough with cleanings. Dr. Sadeghi, also very kind and professional, has completed flawless dental work for me from replacing fillings to administering my Invisalign treatment. The office is impeccably clean and the equipment is all new. If you are looking for a dentist in the Reading area, I highly recommend First Dental Associates.
Sarah Q
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