Gum disease is an oral health epidemic that impacts the health of patients of all ages. Both children and adults are susceptible to developing gum disease. This progressive disease is best treated early on to prevent the spread of bacteria to the bloodstream.
Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss.
Gum disease is known to trigger a wide range of oral and systemic health concerns. The bacteria that cause gum disease spreads inside the mouth and forms deep pockets in the gums. Gums become inflamed and sore, often bleed, and may begin to recede away from the roots of the teeth.
Patients are more likely to experience tooth loss and often have substantial loss of bone.
As gum inflammation progresses into periodontal disease, bacteria can also spread to the bloodstream. Gum disease has been linked to increased risk of heart attack, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, strokes, and other serious medical conditions once in the bloodstream.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Treatment plans for periodontal disease are tailored to care for your unique dental health concerns. Dr. Gauthier will develop a plan to address the underlying bacterial infection as well as restore the health and function of your jaw, gums, and teeth.
When caught early, gingivitis can often be controlled using a process called scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is an intensive cleaning procedure that removes bacteria from the deep pockets of the gums. Scaling and root planing is often thorough enough to allow the gums to heal and regenerate healthy tissue. Root planing, in particular, helps the gums reattach to teeth, which is essential in preventing tooth loss.
Patients with advanced gum disease may require dental implants, laser dentistry, or gum surgery to fully restore their smiles.
At Sudbury Dental Arts our dental care team is committed to providing comprehensive dentistry that promotes lifelong oral health. We offer periodontal therapy services and preventative dental care to help control the spread and minimize the damage caused by gum disease.
To reduce pain and gum sensitivity caused by gum infection when at home, take over-the-counter pain medication. Schedule an appointment with our dental team and we will determine which periodontal treatment you require. We may recommend antibacterial rinses, scaling and root planing, laser dentistry, dental implants, and gum surgery.
Although there are treatments that can halt the process of gum recession, gum tissue cannot grow back naturally. Scaling and root planing, as well as gum surgery, can help improve gum health.
Yes, our periodontal treatments are designed in order to preserve your natural gum and bone tissue. Be sure to schedule an appointment with us if you have noticed signs of gum disease so that we can prevent gum recession and tooth loss.
Signs of gum disease can include red, swollen, and bleeding gums, bad breath, tooth sensitivity, painful chewing, gum recession, and bone loss.