Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums. It spreads quickly from the gums to the supporting bones and can cause tooth loss if gone untreated. Dr. Wingate screens for the signs of gum disease during routine dental visits. If there is a reason to suspect your gums have been affected, our team offers periodontal therapy as a restorative dentistry solution to help patients keep their gums healthy and prevent tooth loss.
Gum disease affects patients of all ages. Its early stage, gingivitis, is usually reversible with thorough removal of all plaque buildup on the affected teeth. At Garner Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we attempt to combat the onset of gum disease by encouraging regular cleanings and dental check-ups.
Because pain is not usually a symptom of gum disease, you could be experiencing it will little to no warning. Gum disease has been linked to several other health issues including difficulty in controlling blood sugar and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Be proactive with your gum care and schedule your cleaning today!
Periodontal Therapy: What to Expect
Dr. Wingate screens for the common signs of gum disease during your routine dental visits. If you are experiencing bleeding, gum swelling, redness, or sensitivity, Dr. Wingate will then assess the stage of your gum disease to determine the best treatment option for the amount of tissue damage that has taken place. Commonly recommended treatments include:
- Antibacterial Rinse: For patients experiencing early-stage gingivitis symptoms or for patients who experience chronic gum disease, we often recommend the daily usage of an anti-bacterial rinse to combat excessive plaque buildup over time.
- Scaling and Root Planning: This treatment involves a thorough cleaning and removal of all plaque deposits above and below the gums. Afterward, Dr. Wingate will smooth out your teeth roots to help your gums reattach to your teeth.
- Oral Surgery: If you show signs of advanced gum disease, Dr. Wingate may recommend oral surgery to salvage the tissue and prevent tooth loss.
Chronic Gum Disease
Some patients may find that they are more prone to gum disease than others. If you experience chronic gum disease, our team works with you to set up a preventative strategy to help you combat this issue. We work with you to modify your oral hygiene habits and reduce the likelihood of any permanent damage caused by gum disease.