What is Gum Disease?
Gum Disease (also known as Periodontal Disease/ Gingivitis/ Pyria) is a chronic bacterial infection that destroys the bone and gums used to support teeth. In most cases, people do not experience pain with gum disease until the disease is very advanced. Bleeding gums are the most common sign of developing gum disease. If you notice that your gums bleed on a regular basis contact Burlington, NC Fuller Dental as soon as possible. Regular dental check-ups and proactive preventive oral hygiene are the best methods for preventing gum disease.
Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Research has shown links between gum disease and heart disease, diabetes, low birth weights, and other systemic health conditions. If you notice any changes in your oral health, including swelling, tenderness or bleeding gums, contact your Fuller Dental dentist as soon as possible.
- Bleeding gums
- Sensitivity in the gums
- White or red patches on the gums
- Loose teeth
- Tooth sensitivity or pain
- Chronic Halitosis
Progression of Gum Disease
Gum Disease is a progressive condition that worsens if left untreated. Gum disease begins when tartar and plaque build up under the gums. Bacteria grow by feeding off of the tartar and plaque build up and starts to spread through the gums and eventually into the bloodstream. As the bacteria spread they form deep pockets in the gum line. These bacterial pockets can cause the gums to be to pull away from the teeth and leads to gum recession, tooth and bone loss. When caught in the early stages, gum disease is treatable by removing the tartar, plaque, and bacteria under the gums.
Periodontal Treatment FAQs
What happens if gum disease advances?
The advancement of periodontal disease leads to bone deterioration which can compromise the integrity and structure of the face. Many patients with periodontists experience tooth loss and facial sagging caused by the recession of the jaw bone. Patients suffering from advanced gum disease may need multiple treatments to restore the health of their gums, teeth and jawbone.
Will I need surgery for gum disease?
If you have advanced periodontitis that is infecting your jawbone, then you may need oral surgery. Mild to moderate gingivitis can be addressed with non-invasive dental treatments. A thorough dental cleaning for gum disease, known as scaling and root planing, is usually prescribed for most patients dealing with bleeding gums and gingivitis.
How can I prevent gingivitis from returning after treatment?
The best way to fight gum disease is to prevent gum disease. Patients are encouraged to take a proactive approach to their oral health through daily oral hygiene and visiting our Burlington, NC dentist office once every six months. Regular dental health exams and thorough professional teeth cleanings can help keep oral bacteria in check and prevent the development of gum disease. Routine dental health exams also allow your Fuller Dental dentist to spot any signs of developing oral health concerns in the earliest stages for a chance at efficient and conservative treatment.
Treatment Options for Gum Disease
Scaling and Root Planing (Gum Therapy): Scaling and Root Planing is the most common treatment for mild to moderate gum disease. This form of gum therapy uses extensive and thorough cleaning techniques to remove bacteria from the teeth and the gums. Your Fuller Dentist will use specialized tools to scrape bacteria from the oral cavity leaving the gums and teeth clean allowing the healing process to begin. Your dentist may recommend an antibacterial mouth rinse to help keep oral bacteria in check while the gums heal.
Some patients may require more extensive restorative dental procedures to replace missing teeth or rebuild the supportive bone structure. Fuller Dental offers full-service dental implants, dentures and All-On-Four implant dentures to replace missing teeth associated with gum disease. Our dentists are International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) dentists with extensive training and experience in dental implant placement and restoration.
At Fuller Dental in Burlington, NC, we provide comprehensive and personalized periodontal therapy. Dr. Fuller leads a team of highly trained and experienced dentists dedicated to providing high quality, patient-focused dental care. If you are looking for treatment options to treat gum disease or associated oral health concerns, visit Fuller Dental Burlington, NC. Request a consultation online or call our dentist office at (336) 290-7401.