Experience Our ‘Gentle’ Approach To Gum Disease Treatment
- November 25, 2017
Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems experienced by adults in the U.S. — and it often goes unnoticed and untreated until the damage is severe.
At Gentle Dental Care, we understand that you can’t have a healthy mouth without healthy gums. Our knowledgeable team is trained to spot the signs of gum disease early on. And for patients whose gums have been badly damaged by gum disease, Dr. Peltzer has received extensive training in periodontal surgery.
Together, we can get your gum health back on track! Read on for more information about our “gentle” approach to gum disease treatment and prevention. Then, call our Plainville, CT office at (860) 479-2397 to schedule an appointment.
What Are The Signs Of Gum Disease?
Gum disease is a condition marked by infection of the tissue surrounding your teeth. There are two types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is a more mild form of gum disease, which occurs when bacteria builds up along and below the gumline. Some signs of gingivitis are:
- Gums that are inflamed or swollen
- Red gums
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Gum tenderness or sensitivity
If gingivitis is not properly treated, it can worsen and become periodontitis. This can threaten the health of the supportive bone and other tissue beneath the gums. Periodontitis shares many of the same symptoms as gingivitis, but also includes:
- Gums that bleed easily
- New spaces developing between your teeth
- Loose teeth
- Severe gum recession
- Painful chewing
- A change in bite alignment
- Pus between your teeth and gums
Gum disease usually doesn’t go away on its own — particularly once it has reached periodontitis. The infection causes gradual deterioration of the gums that can jeopardize the health of your teeth.
Gumline recession creates “pockets” or gaps between your gumline and your teeth as gum tissue disappears. These areas are susceptible to bacterial buildup, which can cause tooth decay.
What’s more, gum disease has been linked to an increased risk for a handful of medical complications, including heart disease and diabetes.
How Can I Cure Gum Disease?
In the early stages of gum disease, the infection can be eradicated with a deep and thorough cleaning.
At Gentle Dental Care, we offer a non-surgical procedure called scaling and root planing. This consists of removing plaque and tartar from the gumline and the surfaces of the roots of your teeth (scaling). Then, we smooth the rough surfaces of your roots to discourage future bacterial buildup (planing).
If gum recession has already occurred, it’s important to repair the gumline to restore your oral health. We do this with a procedure called gum grafting, which consists of taking a small amount of healthy tissue (a graft) and securing it to the receded gumline. This encourages the regrowth of healthy tissue and any bone that was lost as a result of gum recession.
Our patients experience great results with gum grafting — we have a 99.99% success rate!
Is Gum Disease Treatment Painful?
Infected and inflamed gums can be quite sensitive. That’s why in addition to providing gentle, high-quality dental care, we go the extra mile to ensure your comfort.
For some of the more basic deep cleaning treatments, we will numb your gums with Novocaine so you are completely comfortable for the duration of the procedure.
If you require more involved gum disease treatment, like a gum graft, we can help you relax with dental sedation! Dr. Peltzer is a nationally known expert in the field of sedation dentistry, so you’ll feel confident in his care.
At Gentle Dental Care, we offer three forms of dental sedation:
- Nitrous oxide. This form of dental sedation is more commonly known as “laughing gas.” It provides a sense of calm or euphoria. Nitrous oxide is fast-acting. After just a few deep breaths from a mask, you’ll begin to feel its effects. It also wears off fairly quickly after we turn off the gas at the end of your procedure, so you’ll be able to drive home and go about your day.
- Oral conscious sedation. This form of sedation is administered in the form of a pill, which we’ll prescribe for you, and you’ll take at a certain time before your appointment. You’ll remain conscious throughout your procedure, but you’ll probably feel a bit groggy or sleepy. You probably won’t remember much about your procedure afterward. There are a couple drawbacks to oral conscious sedation, though. Everyone responds differently to the medication, so we don’t have much control over how deeply sedated you are during your procedure. You’ll also need someone to drive you both to and from our office.
- IV sedation. This is the deepest form of sedation we offer and the kind we use most frequently. This technique is administered directly into the bloodstream, so it’s incredibly fast-acting. Under IV sedation, you’ll still be conscious, but you’ll experience your procedure in a dream-like state. We monitor your vital signs closely to ensure your safety and comfort.
Dr. Peltzer has had extensive training in hospital and outpatient surgery centers, so he is very well-versed in IV sedation. He has even earned a State of Connecticut Intravenous (IV) Conscious Sedation permit, which is a rare achievement for a general dentist in Connecticut!