Gum Disease Treatment
We treat Gingivitis! If your bleeding gums are concerning you, we can help.
Gum disease is a major problem for 80% of Americans. Hormonal changes, bad habits, illnesses and medications all play an important factor in reducing gum health.
Here are some signs that your gums may not be as healthy as you may think:
- Gums that periodically or continually bleed easily
- A tenderness or redness around the gum line
- Teeth that are becoming detached from the gums.
- Bad breath or a persistent bad taste in your mouth.
- Teeth that are becoming loose, giving cause for concern
- Your bite is not the same as it used to be.
Gingivitis can go unnoticed and these infections can eventually cause the teeth to separate from the gums, causing a greater risk for decay and infection.
Gum disease being the major cause of tooth loss in adults in the US is a worrying concern for patients. Luckily it is avoidable and luckily we have our own periodontist here at Dazzling Smile. The periodontist will give you an opinion on the state of your gums and decide on the way in which he will attempt to remedy the situation.
We treat periodontitis seriously. Normally root planning and scaling, which involves cleaning and scraping below the gum line, is a very effective procedure allowing the gums to eventually reattach to the teeth.
For more information about treating gum disease, please reach out to us at (718) 225-7645 to make an appointment today!
PERIODONTAL DISEASE - HOW DO WE DIAGNOSE
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms then Dr. Lalehzari or Dr. Neman will recommend that you see our periodontist:
- Bleeding while brushing or eating regular food.
- Bleeding while performing regular cleaning or eating regular food.
- Permanent bad breath (halitosis) which continues despite rigorous oral cleaning - this could be as a result of gingivitis, a gum infection or periodontitis.
- Gum Recession and loosening teeth. Teeth that appear longer and feel loose may be the result of gum recession and bone loss.
Each and every patient at Dazzling Smile Dental Group is examined and screened for gum and periodontal disease. If our doctors diagnose any periodontal diseases, the treatment options will be reviewed with the patient.
Dazzling Smile Dental Group recommends that patients with heart disease, diabetes, osteopenia, or osteoporosis, be monitored and observed for any gum and periodontal disease. Since there is correlation between periodontal disease and these conditions; the danger is that the bacteria from periodontal disease can spread through the blood stream and affect other parts of the body.
Also at Dazzling Smile Dental Group we check rigorously for signs of oral cancer.
Inside the mouth is lined with a pink colored smooth type of skin called mucosa. Dentists are aware that any alteration in appearance or change in color is a possible indicator of cancerous growth.
These can be:
- reddish patches or whitish patches
- sores that fail to heal and may bleed
- lumps inside the mouth or thickening skin
- sore throats or chronic hoarseness
Gum disease is caused by bacterial infection that has been caused by built up of plaque. Bacteria in plaque around the teeth produce toxic, by-products that cause damage to the gums and bone.
What other factors contribute to gum disease?
Anything that causes plaque to be trapped on or between the teeth is a contributing factor. Dental work that has not been fitted properly or teeth that are crowded can also cause a problem. We must also consider genetic and family history, diet, stress, diabetes, and smoking.
What are the signs of gum disease?
Receding gums, which make teeth, look longer, bad breath, bleeding, swollen or tender gums.
In what ways can gum disease be controlled?
Professional dental cleanings by our dentists will be the first step. Our dentists will remove plaque and tartar (calculus) built up around the teeth. Some patients need deep scaling which will remove tartar below the gum line.
Proper oral hygiene comes next. Our dentists and staff will review with you the proper way of brushing, flossing, and maintaining good oral hygiene with every patient.
After all, maintenance, with regular dental checkups and professional cleanings, is the key to having healthy gums and a dazzling smile.
How is gum disease treated?
All contributing factors to gum disease must be addressed at the same time. This will mean scaling, root planning, possible gum surgery, bone graft, and/or laser gum treatment.
Gum Disease Prevention
How Dazzling Smile Dental Group advises our patients
Research has shown that there are undisputable links between the use of tobacco and cancer, heart disease and lung disease. Now we know that there are links between periodontal disease and tobacco usage. Periodontal disease is more severe in smokers and tobacco users. There is a greater incidence of calculus formation around the teeth, deeper pockets between gums and teeth, and a greater loss of the bone and fibers that hold teeth in the mouth among smokers. In addition, the chance of developing oral cancer increases with smoking or even use of smokeless tobacco.
Chemicals in tobacco such as nicotine and tar also slow down healing and the predictability of success following periodontal treatment. Quitting smoking and tobacco-use can have innumerous benefits for your overall and periodontal health.
Women and Pregnancy
Your gums and teeth are also affected during pregnancy. Between the second and eighth month, gums may be swollen, bleed, and become redder or tender. Large lumps may appear as a reaction to local irritants. However, these growths are generally painless and not cancerous. They may require professional removal but usually disappear some time after delivery. Periodontal health practices should be part of your prenatal care. Any infections during pregnancy, including periodontal infections, can place a baby’s health at risk and cause premature birth.