Healthy gums are the foundation for a healthy smile. If the picture that we envision is a beautiful and healthy smile, then the gums are the frame to that portrait. Routine dental care is important for the health of your gums and your teeth.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, has a significant impact on the overall health of the individual. The effects of gum disease have been documented in numerous scientific journals.
Gum Health Affects Overall Health
In our office, all new patient exams include a thorough periodontal health screening. If there are concerns, we have the ability to manage many levels of periodontal infection. A multi-pronged approach works best, combining education, in office treatments, medications and enhanced oral hygiene skills.
Our dental hygienists are highly trained and participate in continuing education to stay up to date with the latest techniques in gum disease management. We are committed to improving your oral health and compassionate about providing the personalized care you need to enjoy long term gum health.
Equally as important to treating active disease is maintaining your current health. This is particularly important after recent restorations, pregnancies and other changes in your medical health. Preventative care can intercept concerns before they become problems. Early intervention treatment is far more predictable and conservative than treatment for active disease.
Contact us at 410.989.7132 or request an appointment online for more information about the management of periodontal disease.
Periodontal Therapy What to Expect
Common signs of gum disease include:
Red, swollen or sore gums
Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
Bad breath (halitosis)
Changes to denture fit
Dr. Finlay and Dr. Lim provide a range of treatment options for gum disease. Your periodontal therapy will be tailored to your unique needs and designed to restore and/or repair affected gum tissue. We will work with you to address any lifestyle habit or medical concerns that may be affecting the health of your gums, providing individualized oral hygiene advice to maintain gum health between visits.
Gum Disease Treatment Options in Annapolis
Antibacterial rinses: This rinse is used for mild gum disease or gingivitis. The use of an antibacterial rinse at home can reduce harmful bacteria and halt disease progression.
Scaling and root planing: This is a more intense dental cleaning that removes bacteria from the gums. One of our Annapolis dentists will use special tools to scrape away plaque and tartar build-up. Then they will remove bacteria from deep in the gum pockets where it forms. When done in the early stages of gum disease, this will help prevent gum recession and tooth loss.
Laser dentistry: If gum disease is progressed to periodontitis or gum tissue has become damaged, a dental laser can be used to remove diseased tissue. The use of lasers has the ability to restore oral health and stimulate the healing response. Treating gum disease has become more effective and far less painful with laser dentistry.
Oral surgery: For patients with complex periodontitis, we may refer you to a local oral surgeon to repair the gums.
No. Most periodontal treatments involve non-invasive procedures that are similar to a deep massage for your gums and soft tissue. We will use local anesthesia for more comprehensive treatments if necessary and oral surgery.
Gum disease creates a large opportunity for bacteria to penetrate your blood stream. If left unchecked, gum disease can progress and contribute to other health issues, including oral cancer. Your dentist is able to accurately diagnose your chances of getting oral cancer and create a treatment plan to prevent it.
No. The advanced stage of gum disease called Periodontitis can only be slowed down. On the other hand, the moderate stage of gum disease called Gingivitis can actually be reversed naturally. Practice excellent oral hygiene by brushing AT LEAST twice a day, use floss daily, and use fluoride mouthwash. Your dentist can also prescribe a mouth rinse to help remove bacteria.