Gum Disease Evaluations
Gum disease is more formally called “periodontal disease”. The word periodontal means “around the tooth.” Periodontal diseases are serious bacterial infections that destroy the attachment fibers and supporting bone that hold your teeth in your mouth. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause inflammation, tooth loss and bone damage.
SYMPTOMS OF GUM DISEASE
Gum disease is a chronic infection and can be a result of poor oral hygiene, genetics, alcohol use or smoking. The disease is often silent with very mild symptoms including bad breath and swollen gums. Many patients aren’t even aware of a problem until their general dentist alerts them. Gum disease begins with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Gums in the early stage of disease, or gingivitis, can bleed easily and become red and swollen. As the disease progresses to periodontitis, teeth may fall out or need to be removed by a dentist.
Although symptoms are mild in the early stages, gum disease shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s the number one cause of tooth loss among adults, and it has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, pregnancy complications, osteoporosis, and more.
TREATMENTS FOR GUM DISEASE
At Broadway Dental Excellence, we take gum disease seriously. If you show signs of gingivitis, our hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth and remove tartar deposits from below the gum line. Gingivitis can often be reversed with thorough professional cleanings and at-home hygiene. We’ll give you instruction on how to properly care for your teeth and gums at home.
ADVANCED-STAGE GUM DISEASE
If you have advanced-stage gum disease, called periodontitis, we’ll recommend non-surgical therapy to control gum disease and prevent its progression. In addition to a deep cleaning, we may suggest laser treatment for gum disease, which can be performed right here in our office. The soft-tissue laser gently removes the diseased tissue and sterilizes the area. The laser’s precision allows the dentist to preserve more of your healthy tissue while minimizing bleeding and increasing comfort. Most patients prefer laser treatment for gum disease to traditional deep cleanings, because of the improved efficiency and minimized discomfort. For more information on laser treatment, visit the Advanced Dentistry section of our website.
If you suspect you may be having some early signs of gum disease, make an appointment today! At Broadway Dental Excellence, our goal is to help you keep your teeth for your entire lifetime. Proper periodontal care is essential to that goal.