Gum Disease Treatment
Effective treatment for Gingivitis and Periodontitis
Proper treatment of Gum Disease is one of the most important services we offer at Smileworks Dental. We have very experienced hygienists who are all well trained to locate and treat gum disease before it spreads into its advanced stages.
Gum Disease is much more prevalent than you may think. Many people don’t get their gums treated until after the bacteria has spread and formed deep pockets, which can have an adverse affect on their overall health.
Gum Disease and your health
Recent studies have shown a link between harmful bacteria that can develop in your mouth and other more serious health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
On the positive side, we check for and treat gum disease at every checkup. So as long as you stay on track with your routine cleanings, your risk of developing serious problems with gum disease become quite low.
Treatment for Mild to Moderate Gum Disease
If the dentist diagnoses any gum disease, one of our hygienists will treat it, usually on the same day. Mild to moderate cases are treated with deep cleaning (scaling and root planing), followed by dental antibiotics to root out any bacteria hiding deep in the gums.
A follow up visit is recommended to ensure that your gums remain disease free. Most cases can be treated right here at our office, but some more advanced cases might be referred to a periodontitis for further treatment.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
There are a number of factors that contribute to gum disease. Some of these can include poor oral hygiene, not getting regular dental cleanings, smoking or chewing tobacco, certain medications, defective fillings, crooked teeth and other illnesses that are bacterial in nature.
Some warning signs of gum disease include:
- Gums that bleed during tooth brushing
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
A healthy lifestyle, regular brushing and flossing, and regular visits to the dentist for cleanings are the best way to keep your gums healthy and to avoid gum disease.
What is gum disease and what causes it?
Bacteria in your mouth cause gum disease. When the gums are healthy, they are tight, pink, do not bleed when they are gently probed, and there is little space between the gums and the teeth for bacteria to build up.
If the bacteria are not removed effectively, the first stage of gum disease is that your gums can start to bleed and may become red and swollen (gingivitis). This may not be easily visible, especially in between and around the back teeth, but the space between the gums and teeth becomes bigger. The bacteria then have somewhere to hide and grow.
As the space (pocket) deepens, the bacteria become more aggressive. Your body starts to fight this infection. The combination of the bacteria and your body’s response to them leads to a loss of the bone that supports the teeth. This is the more advanced stage of gum disease, also known as “periodontitis”.
Therefore, the most important thing to do is correctly diagnose the presence and severity of gum disease. We test your gums for signs of gum disease and severity and then make an appropriate plan to prevent the spread and progression of the disease.
8 COMMON COSMETIC DENTAL PROBLEMS FOUND AT SMILEWORKS DENTAL IN BOISE IDAHO - Common dental problems we encounter and their solutions include: Cavities or Plaque/ Tartar Build-up. Cavities and plaque/tartar build-up not only threaten the health of teeth and gums, but they can also have a negative impact on the appearance of your smile. To get rid of harmful bacteria, Dr. Lind uses advanced hygiene and periotherapy. Crooked Teeth Misaligned teeth can cause you to be self-conscious about your smile. And many patients do not realize that crooked teeth can cause a myriad of dental health problems, too. If the position of your teeth does not present any potential harm, you might consider porcelain veneers or tooth bonding. Short or Long Teeth Dr. Lind can perform tooth recontouring, a cosmetic dentistry treatment that allows him to reshape enamel to fit exact specifications. Tooth bonding can be used to build-up teeth that are too small. Yellow Teeth and Staining Yellowing of the teeth happens to almost everyone as time goes by. Luckily, porcelain veneers, tooth bonding, or tooth whitening treatments can take your smile from dull to dynamic in one to two visits. Mercury and Amalgam Fillings The Boise Idaho office of Dr. Lind is proud to be a metal-free dental practice, offering advanced tooth-colored materials for ultimate safety, comfort, longevity, and beauty. Tooth Gaps or Missing Teeth The tooth bonding procedure is an easy way to fill in spaces between teeth. For patients with missing teeth, dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures are all great options. Cracks or Chips To fix small imperfections, Dr. Lind offers dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and tooth recontouring. Dental crowns may be a smart solution for people with structural tooth damage. Excess Gum Tissue Gum recontouring and tooth recontouring are very effective for improving the look of gummy smiles and elongating the appearance of each tooth.