This three-part article series explains what gum disease is and the various signs and symptoms it comes hand-in-hand with. We also explore patients’ various treatment options.
Welcome to the final installment of this three-part article series on periodontal (gum) disease, its signs and symptoms and recommended treatments. So far, the specialists who place new teeth for New Jersey residents have explained that:
1. Gum disease is an advanced bacteria infection of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth.
2. It’s typically caused by a lack of preventative healthcare, poor oral hygiene and habits, such as tobacco-use.
3. As much as 80% of the American population suffers with some form or stage of gum disease.
4. There are many signs and symptoms, including swollen, inflamed gums, gums that bleed easily, oral sores or lesions, discolored teeth, teeth that feel loose and uncomfortable, persistent bad breath and eventually, tooth loss.
Now let’s take a look at the various treatment options available...
Gum Disease Treatment
There are many approaches dentists can take to treating gum disease before they will consider giving New Jersey residents new teeth. Often a combination is used depending upon the extent of the disease and the damage it has already done. The first phase of treatment would be a thorough oral health assessment, followed by the recommendation of one or more of the following:
1. Root scaling and planing: Deep cleaning.
2. Pocket reduction therapy: Eliminating the deep pockets that have formed around the tooth roots, effectively preventing bacteria from reinfecting the gums.
3. Anti-biotic medication: Applied topically during surgery and taken as a course of oral tablets.
4. Laser therapy: For the highly accurate elimination of diseased tissue.
5. A continued schedule of professional teeth cleanings, a much-improved home oral hygiene routine and possibly anti-bacterial mouthwash rinses.
The treatment schedule provided depends upon your specific case and may or may not involve surgery. To find out, it is imperative that you schedule an appointment with your dentist or a dental specialist, such as a periodontist.
“For those who are particularly nervous of treatment, don’t be,” urge All on 4® dental implant surgeons. “We go to every measure necessary to ensure that patients are kept comfortable and use a combination of local anesthetic and Intravenous (I.V.) sedation if recommended or desired. What’s important is that you are having your problem addressed and that you will be in much better oral and general health for having done it.”
Mitigation for Existing Damage: Tooth Loss
Thankfully, if you have lost one or more of your teeth to gum disease, there is a suite of teeth replacement techniques available to help give you your smile back. Dental implants are typically the most highly recommended of these options because of their durability and better function and aesthetics.
Having said this, while you can get new teeth implants or even All on 4 dental implants – if you are losing or have already lost all of your teeth, Rutherford residents should know that prevention is always better than cure. No matter how advanced the field of dental implantology has become, nothing can really beat your own biological technology: natural healthy teeth. This is why patients are urged to come for treatment before gum disease has had the opportunity to completely wreck their natural dentition.