Periodontal Gum Therapy
Gum disease is an epidemic in this country. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that about half of all adults in the U.S. over the age of 30 currently have gum disease. And as we age, the problem gets even worse, with gum disease present in more than 70% of adults over the age of 65.
Why Gum Disease Matters
Although gum disease might not seem like a big deal, that truth is that it is. Gum disease is more than just gums that bleed when you brush them. It’s also the leading cause of tooth loss in the U.S. Recent studies have also found that there appears to be a link between gum disease and other serious health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes.
Gum disease can often be prevented with good home care and regular visits to the dentist for professional cleanings. In some cases, gum disease is not always preventable and there does appear to be a genetic component that increases your risk of developing this chronic infection.
Our team is skilled in both the prevention and treatment of gum disease, and we encourage you to visit our Cypress dental office for an assessment to check the health of your gums and, if necessary, develop a treatment plan for any disease that is currently present.
The Stages and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease occurs in stages. In the earliest stages, the disease is known as gingivitis, and it may still be reversible with improved dental habits and the addition of some antimicrobial products. The symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Red, inflamed gums
- Bleeding when you brush or floss
- Tenderness to the touch
- Early development of pockets around the teeth
- Bad breath
If periodontal disease is allowed to progress, it becomes periodontitis. Once it passes a certain point, the damage it causes is not reversible without surgery. Advanced periodontal disease is indicated by these additional symptoms:
- Receding gums that expose the roots of your teeth
- Deep pockets that become inflamed and infected
- A bad taste in your mouth
- Loose teeth
- Change in your bite, or the way your teeth come together
At this point, the disease is actively attacking the bone tissue beneath your gums and you are at risk of losing your teeth.
Treating Periodontal Disease
Our treatment plan will focus on stopping the progression of the disease and preventing further damage to your gums and the bone beneath them. Some of the treatment options we may recommend are:
- Irrigation with chlorhexidine, an antimicrobial rinse that kills the bacteria contributing to the disease
- Scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning treatment that sterilizes the gum pockets and smooths out the roots of teeth, preventing bacteria from reattaching (we are able to perform this procedure without the traditional shot, which our patients appreciate!)
- Treatment with Arestin, an antibiotic that can be placed in the gum pockets following the scaling and root planing treatment to destroy any remaining bacteria
We also have a soft-tissue laser that allows us to perform our periodontal treatments with a level of precision that simply isn’t possible with traditional instruments. We’ve found that laser treatment is more comfortable with less bleeding and a faster healing time. At Premier Smiles Dentistry, we are dedicated to keeping your treatment as comfortable, effective, and efficient as possible, and our soft-tissue laser helps us meet that commitment.
Call for Your Examination Appointment
Don’t let gum disease get the best of you or rob you of your smile. Call now to schedule an appointment so that Dr. Devani can assess the health of your gums and determine the appropriate course of action.
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