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Periodontal Gum Disease Treatment

Do your gums bleed when you brush? Are your teeth loose? Do you have bad breath or severe tartar build up? If you answered yes to any of these questions you may be suffering from periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease. Gum disease is serious and has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, low birth weight babies and other diseases. Gum disease can allow bacteria to get into the blood stream. The blood can then carry the bacteria throughout the body, infecting other areas.

 

What causes periodontal disease?

When plaque builds up under the gums, between the teeth, and other hard to reach places and without a professional cleaning gum disease may develop. Early gum disease known as gingivitis is characterized by inflammation of the gums. Blood on your toothbrush or floss. Sometimes these symptoms are masked and there may not be any blood on the toothbrush or floss. This is caused by a deeper issue where plaque is building up below the gums around the roots of the teeth. This plaque can cause inflammation of the gums and/or bone loss.This is why it is so important to visit Dr. Bailey regularly. The American Dental Association recommends that patients with active gum disease see their dentist regularly every 3 months.

How is periodontal disease treated?

Once periodontal disease has caused bone loss this is permanent. However, with proper treatment we can stop the progression of gum disease and get your mouth back to its healthiest state to prevent further damage to your teeth or bones. Depending on your particular case, we will look at your bone structure teeth and gums and recommend one of the following routes of treatment:

  • Scaling–the removal of hard deposits (tartar or calculus) from the tooth below the gums.
  • Root Planing– the removal of tartar from the root surface and smoothing of any rough root irregularities in order for you to heal
  • Localized or Systemic Antibiotics–this prevents reattachment of bacteria in cleaned sites
  • Periodontal Surgery–in severe cases we can use a laser to do gum surgery. We have a state of the art laser which allows us to remove the unhealthy tissue. We can do this procedure in office and you can be back at work the very next day.