Periodontics - Madison, WI

Periodontics in Middleton, WI

Patients with gum disease or missing teeth should visit a practice with an experienced dentist. At Madison Dentistry in Middleton, WI, Dr. Wessell, and his team are qualified to successfully treat periodontal disease and help patients avoid the pitfalls of chronic bad breath, tooth loss, and jawbone disorders.
Balancing Your Smile & Oral Health
Your gums frame your teeth, and it is crucial to have the gums work in harmony with the rest of your smile. Unhealthy gums cause:
  • Bad breath.
  • Tooth loss.
  • Jawbone deterioration.
  • Shifting teeth.
  • Crooked smile.
You can avoid these and many other problems by regularly checking your gums at Madison Dentistry.
frequently asked questions

The earliest sign of periodontitis is an irritated gum line that might present some discomfort or bleeding when you brush, floss or have your teeth cleaned professionally. If not treated, the gums will start to retract and pull away from the teeth. This creates spaces between the teeth and gums called periodontal pockets that can quickly become filled with harmful accumulations. Your dentist will typically measure the depths of these pockets to determine how far the condition has spread and what treatment is needed to correct the problem. If gum disease eventually makes its way down to the jawbone and the connective tissues of teeth, the jawbone can deteriorate, and teeth can be lost.

Some of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Gum recession
  • “Long teeth”
  • Tooth mobility (loose tooth/movement)
  • Sore teeth when you chew/bite
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Deep pockets under your gums
  • Visible bone loss on X-rays
  • Heavy tartar buildup
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding when you brush and floss
  • Swollen, red gums

Please keep in mind that if you smoke, vape, or use tobacco products, you may not see the same symptoms as someone who doesn’t. Your tissues could look “healthy” due to the lack of bleeding or swelling, even if the disease is present.