Gum Disease Treatment
Gum Disease Treatment From Plainville, CT Dentist Office
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support your teeth. When your gums aren’t healthy, you risk losing your teeth. Studies also show a link between oral health and overall health, possibly putting you at risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other complications.
Gum disease is caused by the growth of bacteria on the teeth and gums. Bacteria are present in sticky plaque and in hardened plaque called tartar. The bacteria release toxins that irritate your gums, causing swelling and bleeding. Eventually, your gums can start to pull away from your teeth.
There are two types of gum disease. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, which only affects the gums. Periodontitis is more severe, affecting the supportive bone and other tissues below the gumline.
The health of a person’s gums is extremely important to their overall body health and many patients don’t realize that. There have been multiple studies done that showed that people who don’t have healthy gums and have gum disease of varying levels of severity are more prone to a multitude of things such as low birth weight babies, increased risk of heart disease, increased propensity for diabetes and multiple other things as well. A shortened life span even has been proven. If people do not take care of their teeth, they will not live as long. It seems kind of hard to believe but this is what the researchers are telling us so we treat the full spectrum, all the way from cleanings to keep people healthy to a little bit more aggressive involved type treatments in terms of deep cleanings with Novocaine so people are completely comfortable or it can be done under sedation so they don’t even know what is going on and it gets done. If they have a fear level about that we can use Nitrous Oxide, we can use pills for oral sedation or just outright sedation where they are completely out. I, in my training, had a lot of experience with learning periodontal surgery, which is gum surgery which is limited for the more extreme cases and fortunately not a lot of people need that and a lot of times we can maintain them in a more conservative fashion with deep cleanings on a regular basis every three months instead of the typical every six months but there are people who do need gum surgery as well and I feel extremely competent in doing those surgeries. I very rarely refer that out to specialists because I like to have control over the final result and it is difficult when you are running back and forth between a bunch of dentists trying to get everything done and as opposed with having one quart of that can charge an entire project who has an endpoint in mind as to what you want to achieve. So the treatment of the gums is the foundation to the success of all of the other things that we do, all the way from fillings to implants to crowns, etc.
Gum Disease Symptoms and Signs
- Swelling of the gums
- Gum redness
- Bleeding while brushing or flossing
- Receding gumline
- Loose teeth
- Constant bad breath
- Mouth sores
Treating Gum Disease
How to treat gum disease? The best treatment for gum disease or periodontal disease is prevention, by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly for professional teeth cleanings. Gum disease treatment and cure that does not get better with brushing and flossing are:
- Scaling and Root Planing – a very deep cleaning of the teeth to remove plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. Teeth are smoothed to remove any rough surfaces where bacteria like to live.
- Antibiotics – used to fight infection. Antibiotics can be placed directly on the gums or prescribed to be taken orally.
- Periodontal Surgery – is required if other treatments do not work, or if the damage to the gums is severe. Many gum (and other soft-tissue) surgeries can be done with lasers.
- Gingivectomy – the removal of gum tissue to eliminate pockets between your gums and teeth, where plaque easily build ups.
- Flap procedure – cleans your teeth’s roots and corrects any bone damage.
- Extraction – removes loose, decayed, or irreparably damaged teeth.
- Gum grafts – replaces gum tissue with a tissue transplanted from another area, like the roof of your mouth.
When left untreated, gum disease can be very damaging to your mouth and your body. At Gentle Dental Care, we are dedicated to preventing or cure gum disease. When you see signs of gum disease, get treatment right away to keep it from getting worse. Many periodontal or gum disease treatment are nonsurgical or minimally invasive. If surgery is needed, we have the expertise to take great care of you and your gums, saving your teeth and preventing oral and overall health complications. Plainville, CT dentist Dr. Thomas Peltzer can treat your gums while keeping you pain-free and stress-free with the help of sedation.
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