Effective Gum Disease Treatment: Returning Your Gums to Good Health
Gum disease is a condition in which the gums are inflamed due to bacterial toxins. If not properly taken care of, gum disease may lead to tooth and bone loss. To aggressively fight gum disease, dentists perform gentle and deep cleanings by using ultrasonic scalers and provide antibiotic therapy to control destructive bacteria. Often times, this thorough deep cleaning allows individuals to avoid the necessity for surgical intervention.
What Does Gum Disease Look Like?
The accumulation of bacteria in the mouth is the cause of gum disease, and as gum disease moves through its various stages, it alters the appearance of the mouth in a very noticeable and very negative way.
In a healthy mouth, the gums look tight and are pink in color. They do not bleed when they are lightly probed, and there is minimal room between the gum and the tooth for bacteria to grow. However, in a mouth becoming steadily overcome by gum disease, things look very different.
If bacteria moves into the mouth, is not removed, and is allowed to multiply, the state of the mouth and the gums begins to change as gum disease develops. In the first stage of the disease, also known as gingivitis, gum disease manifests itself with the bleeding and swelling of the gums. During this stage, the space between the gums and the teeth increases throughout the mouth and especially around the back teeth. This progression of the disease is not always obvious, but it is always problematic, as these spaces permit the bacteria a better place to hide.
As the space deepens, the bacteria changes in nature and becomes more harmful. While the immune system will start to fight this infection, the combination of the bacteria and the body’s response to them may lead to tooth-supporting bone loss. This occurrence indicts that the disease has moved into the second stage, which is referred to as periodontitis.
What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Concerns that an individual may have gum disease should arise when they experience the following symptoms:
- Bleeding gums during tooth brushing and/or flossing
- Gums that have retracted from the tooth
- Constant bad breath or bad taste
- Permanent teeth that become loose or separate from the gums
- Change in the bite
What Actions Lead to Gum Disease?
The behavioral factors that contribute to gum disease include actions such as:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Irregular professional dental cleanings
- Smoking or the use of tobacco products
- Certain medications
- Defective fillings
- Poor diet
- Crooked teeth
- Systemic diseases
How Can Gum Disease Be Prevented?
A few simple yet extremely beneficial habits offer the greatest defense against the development of gum disease. These habits include:
- A healthy lifestyle
- Regular brushing
- Regular flossing
- Routine dental cleanings
These actions are the best ways to keep the gums healthy and disease-free.
How Can Gum Disease Be Stopped?
In the fight against gum disease, speed is essential. Before the disease moves too far through its very stages, it is crucial to have a dentist correctly diagnose the existence and severity of gum disease. Once gum disease is discovered and assessed, an effective and appropriate plan that will prevent the spreading of the disease and bring the gums back to good health can be made.
Village Dental’s Gum Disease Treatment Procedure
Our knowledgable and experienced dentists always prescribe only the most successful procedures for treating and repairing the unhealthy consequences of gum disease. At Village Dental, our powerful Village Dental Care plan of attack against gum disease is grounded in a deep cleaning that consists of scaling and root planing. Scaling removes calculus, or hardened plaque, from the tooth surface, and root planing removes calculus from the tooth root before smoothing out the root surface. In keeping with our commitment to utilize the latest technology for the good of our patients, Village Dental uses an ultrasonic laser for the best possible deep cleaning and an ultrasonic scaler for greater comfort and efficacy.
Deep cleaning is a very powerful procedure; however, while it eliminates most of the bacteria attached to the root of the teeth, it does not get rid of everything. Therefore, in addition to deep cleaning, we may use antibiotic therapy to further improve the results. Arestin® or other antibiotic therapies are administered by placing a special antibiotic in the deep pockets under the gums where bacteria grows and accumulates. Arestin® and other antibiotic therapies have proven very productive in reducing the chances of further progression of gum disease, and these therapies are used by dentists all over the world.
Village Dental is always prepared to help our patients determine if they are suffering from gum disease, and if so, we have the resources and skills necessary to supply the most advanced and accommodating care. We would love to work with you to defeat this debilitating oral disease, so to make an appointment, contact us today by calling or filling out our convenient form.