Periodontal therapy refers to dental treatment that help manage or get rid of the oral bacteria that causes gum disease. It is one of the many dental services we offer to our patients in Dunnellon, FL. Gum disease is a progressive bacterial infection that can cause damage to the gums, teeth, and even bone tissue in the jaw.
If your dentist catches it early, they can treat your gum disease. Otherwise, gum disease can develop into periodontitis. This can lead to many complex oral health issues such as tooth loss and bone loss in the jaw.
Dunnellon dentist Dr. Carter Perkins has spent over 30 years treating varying stages of gum disease. Routine dental checkups allow Dr. Perkins to spot the early signs of gum disease. Doing so can prevent future damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw bone. Dr. Perkins will screen for gum disease at every routine check-up to help patients prevent and manage gum disease.
Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss?
Bleeding gums are a common sign that gum disease has begun to progress. Many people do not even know they have it until it has started to damage the health of the gums and teeth. Other signs of gum disease to be aware of are:
- Swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Chronic bad breathe
- White or red lesions
- Receding gum line
- Loose teeth
- Shifting of teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Sensitive teeth
The Importance of Treating Gum Disease
Gum disease has also been linked to a wide array of medical problems. It is a common factor in patients with a higher chance of developing heart disease, inflammation, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Patients that get any of these health conditions will live with poor health and oral health. This will only make the symptoms worse and make it difficult to manage the disease.
On the other hand, these health concerns can also increase your risk of developing gum disease. Certain medications that are prescribed can have a bad effect on your overall health and well-being.
Dr. Perkins works with patients on an individual basis to understand their unique health risks or medical conditions. This allows him to offer the best care to maintain a healthy smile.
Every visit to our Dunnellon, FL dentist office includes a thorough periodontal screening. Early diagnosis is essential for effective treatment and to prevent further deterioration of oral health. Dr. Perkins provides comprehensive and personalized periodontal therapy treatment options to help manage gum disease.
Treatment Options for Gum Disease
Perkins Dentistry offers periodontal therapy treatment options for disease management. We also offer restorative dental procedures, dental implants, and cosmetic treatments to help restore total oral health.
- Oral Hygiene- Brushing and flossing are the best defense against gum disease. Our dental care team may suggest things to help with your oral health habits and techniques. Dr. Perkins will also suggest that you visit the dentist for teeth cleanings at least twice a year. Patients with gum disease may benefit from more frequent teeth cleanings.
- Scaling & Root Planing- Scaling and root planing is an extensive and thorough teeth cleaning procedure. Dr. Carter will use special tools to scrape the gums, deep gum pockets, and teeth clean of bacteria.
- Periodontal Surgery- In advanced cases of periodontitis, bone or gum grafting may be necessary to restore the health and function of the patient’s smile. Dr. Carter may refer patients to a local periodontist for their best treatment plan.
Gum Disease FAQs
Is gum disease contagious?
Gum disease is the inflammatory response to the disease-causing bacteria. It is possible to pass gum disease bacteria to others, but poor oral hygiene is what leads to gum disease. It is important to note that many dentists believe that parents can pass the disease-causing bacteria to their children. The American Dental Association recommends not sharing your eating utensils with your kids.
Can gum disease cause tooth loss?
Yes. Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss. Gum disease causes inflammation of the gums which causes them the gums to pull away from the teeth. The teeth have less support and are more likely to falling out. Early treatment of gum disease can prevent tooth loss associated with this disease from occurring.
Can gum disease be reversed?
If gum disease is treated in the early stage, gingivitis, a thorough teeth cleaning can reverse it. If left to progress, it becomes harder to reverse or get rid of the gum disease causing bacteria. However, Dr. Carter provides treatment options that can restore the health and function to the bite and smile and manage future bacterial growth.