Periodontal disease, also commonly referred to as gum disease, is the main cause of tooth loss in American adults. Nearly 80% of all US citizens will develop gum disease to some degree over the course of their lives. Not only does it cause tooth loss, it is also linked to a higher risk of heart disease, respiratory problems, Alzheimer’s disease, complications from diabetes, and other health issues.
Gum disease has its origin in sticky plaque that builds up along your gum line. This plaque produces bacteria, and if it’s not removed, it hardens into tartar (also called calculus), and an infection results. The bacteria actually destroy the bond between your gums and your teeth, creating wet, warm pockets where they grow and flourish. This can result in tenderness, swelling, infection, and finally tooth loss and bone loss.
Fortunately, there are minimally invasive therapies that can restore your gums to good health. At Curtiss Dentistry, we have years of experience in treating gum disease, and our dental team is well-versed in non-surgical treatments.
When gum disease is caught early (usually during the course of a cleaning or a checkup), it is easily treated. Thanks to modern technology, state-of-the-art treatments like laser debridement can halt gum disease. This is a procedure that uses a thin laser to remove plaque, tartar and bacteria from periodontal pockets. It’s safe and comfortable, and often can even be done without anesthesia. Healing is fast, so the gums reattach quickly to the teeth.
Salivary diagnostics can also be used in order to measure the levels of bacteria in your mouth. This enables us to catch gum disease in its early stages, before you develop inflammation or serious infections. As is the case with most oral conditions, early diagnosis leads to more effective treatments.
After having therapy for gum disease, you will be placed on a maintenance schedule of regular visits, during which we’ll evaluate your periodontal pockets in order to track the progress of your treatment. We’ll also arm you with homecare tips that are intended to help speed your recovery, and prevent recurrence of the gingivitis. Of course, the best way to prevent gum disease is to adopt a program of good oral hygiene and stick with it – regular brushing, flossing and professional cleaning and checkups are your weapons in the battle against gingivitis.
If your gums are tender, swollen, or bleed when brushed, it’s very possible that you have gingivitis. At Curtiss Dentistry, we can evaluate your condition and recommend a course of treatment along with follow-up measures. In order for your teeth to remain healthy, it’s vital that the gum tissue that surrounds them remains disease-free, so make regular checkups and cleanings a part of your routine, and if you suspect a problem, get in touch with us right away at 865-984-3211.
1507 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, Tennessee 37804