Gum Disease

Gum Disease

Affects Over Half Of The Population, Choose Your Side

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, affects over half of the population, and it can strike anyone, regardless of age and risk factors. We know that the progressive condition is chronic, so it has no cure. Research has revealed increased risk of heart disease, cognitive diseases, respiratory illnesses, low-weight births, and diabetes complications for people who have gum disease. Fortunately, at Value Dental Centers our dentists and hygienists can help your loved ones deter or treat the disease, and reverse its effects.

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Benefits of Periodontal Therapy

Oftentimes, periodontal disease is detected early during a checkup or dental cleaning. When found before it progresses, gum disease may be treated and stopped with professional periodontal therapy, provided by a dentist or hygienist.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the periodontal tissues. As bacteria build up, they destroy the connective bonds between teeth and gums, ultimately destroying gum tissue. Advanced periodontal disease leads to tooth loss and jawbone necrosis, and requires surgery. Symptoms of moderate gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Bleeding gums, particularly when brushing
  • Pus at the gum line
  • Bad breath
  • Sore teeth
  • Loose teeth

Benefits of Invisalign Clear Orthodontics

Compared to traditional metal bracket-and-wire orthodontics, including short-term or accelerated options, Invisalign has many benefits. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Aligners are clear, nearly invisible
  • Aligners do not anchor to teeth, so no potential enamel damage
  • Aligners can be removed up to two hours per day, for easy oral healthcare and meals
  • Treatments takes just 9 to 18 months, compared to two or more years with traditional braces
  • No tightening appointments, just six-month progress checks
  • No wires, bands, or brackets that rub sores on sensitive soft oral tissues

Treatment Options

gum disease with boneIn the earliest phase of gum disease, changes to home care habits and use of antibacterial mouthwash may help reduce symptoms. If your gum pockets require periodontal therapy, expect two main procedures, performed over a few hygiene appointments. Called deep cleaning, these two procedures are performed with local anesthetic for optimal patient comfort.

  • Scaling: Removing plaque and tartar from below the gum line.
  • Root Planing: Eliminating rough ridges on teeth roots in an effort to deter bacterial buildup.

The dentist or hygienists may apply a topical antibiotic after root planning, to further eradicate bacteria. You will need to schedule follow-up maintenance visits every three months, or as recommended. The goal is to reduce gum pocket depth as connective tissues reattach to create a healthy bond between teeth and gums.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

If you know or suspect that you need periodontal therapy, trust the Value Dental Centers team to provide thorough, gentle, and effective treatment. Call the office nearest you to reserve your checkup or dental cleaning today.

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