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Gum Disease Therapy

Illustration of the stages of gum diseaseGum disease is a serious condition that can affect both your overall health and the longevity of your smile. The infection is the primary cause of adult tooth loss, but it’s also directly linked with medical issues such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Infertility
  • Pneumonia

Fortunately, gum disease can be reversed in its earliest stages (gingivitis), which is why early diagnosis is key.

Screening for Periodontal Disease

During your routine exam, we’ll assess your teeth and gums for signs of tissue detachment, bone loss and bleeding. A set of X-rays may be needed in addition to a periodontal screening. When the gums have a pocket deeper than 3mm around your tooth, it’s considered to be unhealthy.

Unless gum disease is treated, it can lead to gradual bone recession, tooth mobility and loss of teeth.

You should alert us if you’re experiencing symptoms of bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, receding gumlines, sore teeth or heavy tartar buildup.

Gum Disease Therapy and Deep Cleans

Typically, the first step to treating active periodontal disease is to arrange a deep clean. Unlike a preventative cleaning, these scales are focused on the areas below the gumlines where infectious biofilm thrive.

By creating a clean environment, the body can more effectively work to heal the diseased area, aiding in tissue reattachment and limiting the chances of tooth loss.

Gum Surgery

In instances of moderate to severe gum disease, surgery or other therapeutic services may be necessary (including locally placed antibiotics in the area of infection). Soft tissue or bone grafting are typically reserved for advanced infections when tooth loss might otherwise be inevitable.

If the area cannot be treated through conventional deep cleans and surgery, the tooth may need to be extracted to prevent spread of infection to adjacent teeth.

Want to Learn More?

Prevent tooth loss by scheduling a gum disease screening at least every six months. Worried that periodontitis may be affecting your health? Talk to one of our family dentists to find out how we can help.

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