Do You Have Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease is a chronic and progressive condition that affects the health of the gums and teeth. The disease begins with gingivitis, characterized by tender and bleeding gums, and is reversible with the proper treatment. If left to progress, gum disease can cause more serious issues, including receding gums, systemic complications, and possibly even tooth loss. Gum disease can be effectively managed with periodontal maintenance, however, with routine visits to our office. If you are experiencing any symptoms of gingivitis, including bleeding, red, or inflamed gums, we can help restore the health of your gums with safe and effective gum disease treatment.
Signs of Gum Disease
- Tender, bleeding gums
- Gum recession
- Deepening “pockets” between teeth
- Persistent halitosis (bad breath)
- Loosening teeth
- Pus around teeth and gums
- Tooth loss
The Importance of Periodontal Maintenance and Care
If you have already been diagnosed with gum disease, we recommend that you visit our office every three months to receive a thorough cleaning and to ensure that your gum disease is not progressing. During these deeper cleanings, we will check periodontal “pocket” depth, clean above and below the gum line, and may apply topical antibiotics or fluoride to the affected areas as necessary. Because gum disease is an aggressive condition, appointments every three months are the idea way to help ensure that your gum disease does not become worse.
Treatments to Protect Your Teeth and Gums
We offer two gum disease treatment options at our office: scaling and root planing for mild to moderate gum disease and gingivectomies for severe gum disease. Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical “deep cleaning” of the teeth above and below the gum line. Dental scaling involves removal of the plaque and tartar buildup on the tooth surface. Root planing smooths the tooth surface to decrease inflammation of the gums and to encourage their reattachment to the tooth roots. A gingivectomy is a form of gum surgery that reshapes and removes disease gum tissue that has receded and caused deep periodontal “pockets” between the teeth. The remaining healthy gums are attached back to the teeth and thorough cleaned to discourage more bacterial buildup while the tissue is healing. These procedures are generally performed under local anesthesia, though we also offer sedation dentistry for a more stress-free treatment.
We Offer Gentle Care that Prioritizes Saving Soft Tissue
Dr. Louis Abukhalaf takes great care in treating your gum disease as gently as possible, so as to not harm any of the healthy tissue. No matter the severity of your gum disease, we work diligently to save as much healthy gum tissue as possible and to provide effective treatment that helps keep your gum disease from progressing further. Routine maintenance of your gum disease is the only way to keep it from returning in the future, and we are passionate about helping restore the health of your gums and teeth in the safest and most effective way possible.