Gum disease is an infection of gum tissue that can cause permanent damage if not treated accordingly. While it affects millions of people every year, you don’t have to settle for it if it does appear. At Brookwood Dental, we perform everything from basic gum therapy to advanced procedures to ensure your smile remains healthy for many years to come, despite experiencing a gum infection of any type. to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, call our office today!
In the earliest stages, it can actually be quite tricky to tell if gum disease is present on your own. That’s why routine exams are so important for catching underlying disease. However, if you do notice any of the following symptoms, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with us in the very near future. These include:
When gum disease has progressed past the early stages (gingivitis), professional intervention is needed to manage it. The standard for gum treatment is scaling and root planing, also known as “deep cleaning.” This treatment focuses on removing plaque both above and (in particular) below the gum line, an area that cannot be reached with standard dental cleanings or at-home care. Once we’ve removed all hardened plaque from these areas through scaling, root planing can be performed. This process involves smoothing out the roots of teeth, making it easier for the gums to reattach and reduce the risk of future dental infections.
Following your gum treatment, the dentist will provide antibiotic therapy in order to promote healing of the gum tissue in between your routine follow-up appointments every three to four months. This gel is placed directly into the pockets that have formed between your teeth. Over time, it will slowly release into your gums, working to prevent the infection from coming back and accelerating the healing process.
Gum disease affects countless adults in the US each year, and while the statistics are startling, it’s even more upsetting to think that most cases could have been easily prevented. That’s why our team includes periodontal charting as part of every six month checkup in our office. One of the earliest indicators of gum disease is a change in the depth of the pockets between the gums and the tooth. Your periodontal chart will list measurements for the depth of each periodontal pocket. If these pockets grow even a millimeter between visits, we can start looking into early intervention methods to prevent gum disease before it even begins. In most cases, improved at home hygiene paired with more frequent professional cleanings can halt the destructive advance of periodontal disease.
If we’re unable to prevent the spread of gum disease, we have a skilled periodontist on staff who can offer a wide array of more advanced treatments. We offer laser assisted periodontal therapies to more thoroughly decontaminate the periodontal pockets and accelerate healing and renewed oral health. For the most advanced cases, we have an in-office periodontist who specializes in caring for the health of those tissues that surround the teeth. We can offer the most advanced surgical therapies to repair or replace damaged or lost supportive gum and bone tissue caused by periodontal disease.