Gum Disease Treatment - The Dentist

Struggling with Periodontal Disease and Gingivitis?

Getting Treatment for Gum Disease

Periodontal disease — better known as “gum disease” — is a condition that affects the soft tissues and bone supporting your teeth. It causes symptoms like bleeding, swelling, gum recession, and bad breath, although many people are unaware they have it. If you have gum disease or are showing signs, Dr. Medina may recommend scaling and root planing (a deep cleaning) to remove calcified buildup just below the gum lines. If bone loss is severe, we can also provide osseous surgery and bone grafting to counteract tooth mobility and loss. The only way to know for certain whether you have gum disease is to have a periodontal screening performed during your next visit.

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More than half of the U.S. adult population has gum disease
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90% of those with gum disease are at risk for diabetes
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More than 65 million American adults have gum disease

Health Conditions Linked with Gum Disease

While gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, it also impacts the entire body. As inflammation suppresses the immune system and bacteria travel from the mouth elsewhere via the bloodstream, medical complications can arise.

  • Cardiovascular Disease:
    Stroke, high blood pressure, and heart attack are all directly correlated with gum disease. The more aggressive your oral infection is, the greater risk you have of suffering from cardiovascular health problems.
  • Diabetes:
    The more severe gum disease is, the more challenging it can be to control your blood sugar levels (and vice versa.) Treating periodontal infections can help diabetics improve their level of wellness overall.
  • Reproductive Problems:
    Both men and women can see problems in their reproductive health if gum disease is severe. Couples may have problems conceiving, and women are more likely to experience preeclampsia and preterm labor.
  • Cancer:
    Researches have a found a link between certain cancers, like pancreas and breast cancers, and gum disease.

Treatment Options for Every Stage

If you have any stage of gum disease we have a treatment option available to you. For mild cases, scaling and root planing may be effective, and for moderate to severe cases osseous surgery has been shown to remove harmful bacteria deep below the gum line.  After being treated for gum disease, a periodontal maintenance regimen is important to prevent relapse of the infection. Alternating problem-focused cleanings with preventative care techniques, we can help you to avoid additional bone and soft tissue loss, thereby preventing progression of the disease. Depending on the severity of your situation, you may need to schedule a periodontal maintenance appointment as frequently as every 3-4 months.

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