Gum disease, or periodontal disease will affect nearly everyone at some point in their lives.
Periodontal disease, a bacterial infection of the gums and bone that surround the teeth, is a progressing condition. If you recognize the symptoms early enough, thankfully you can take action in time.
Unfortunately, it often goes unnoticed and can be present for years without diagnosis or treatment. Unless this is addressed in time, the inflammation of the gum tissue can extend to the supporting structures of the tooth and could eventually lead to tooth loss.
Gum problems can quickly progress from less aggressive to more problematic without you noticing any clear signs of it. Gum disease is silent, usually painless and near impossible to self-diagnose (bad breath, bleeding gums or loose teeth), yet the effects of this chronic inflammation on your health and well-being and cannot be underestimated.
So how would you even be aware?
Well, it begins with symptoms such as tender gums that bleed when brushing and flossing; and then this progresses until it damages the bone around your teeth. Apart from occasionally inflamed and tender gums, the following signs or symptoms should raise concerns: bad breath, change in tooth position, apparently longer and/or loosened teeth and occasional sensation of tension in the area.
How your dentist can help
Our periodontal procedures and hygiene practices and empower you to restore oral health, eliminate debilitating bacteria and bad breath, thus restoring your confidence both socially and intimately.
When you come to our office for your regular hygiene visit, our dental hygienist will examine your gums, take diagnostic x-rays, and clean and polish your teeth. We help you maintain not only a beautiful smile, but also healthy gums. If there are any signs of gum disease present, our hygienists provide therapy to help return your gums to health.
Periodontal treatment ranges from localized scaling and root planing of individual teeth to full mouth scaling and root planing to remove all tartar build up below and above the gum line. In severe cases, we refer you to a specialist if periodontal surgery is necessary. We will customize a treatment plan to return your mouth to optimal health. We work with you to help prevent gum disease and tooth decay as you and your family’s needs and health status change.
Our goal is to partner with you in establishing a healthy oral care routine, which includes regular dental visits in a comfortable setting. We believe that with proper care anyone can achieve healthy teeth and gums at all stages of life.