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Gum Disease Paradise Valley

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a serious infection of the tissues that surround and support the teeth. It is caused by an accumulation of plaque on the teeth which leads to inflammation and swelling of the gum tissue. This can cause gums to become red, bleed easily and pull away from the teeth, eventually leading to bone and tooth loss if left untreated. Signs of gum disease include bad breath, receding gums and loose teeth. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene habits are essential in helping to prevent gum disease from occurring or getting worse. A healthy diet, regular brushing and flossing are all important steps in protecting your teeth and gums!

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What are the stages of Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. It’s caused by poor oral hygiene or a buildup of tartar and plaque on the teeth, which can lead to inflammation and damage to the gums. The four stages of gum disease are gingivitis, early periodontitis, moderate periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.

Gingivitis

Inflammations of the gums

Gingivitis is considered the earliest stage of gum disease and is characterized by redness, swelling, and bleeding gums. This stage is easily treatable with proper oral hygiene such as brushing twice daily and flossing once daily. If left untreated however, it can progress to more serious stages.

Moderate periodontitis

periodontitis

Moderate periodontitis has progressed further where pockets form between your teeth and gums due to bone loss around them as result of bacteria accumulating under the gum line. Tartar or calculus can be seen at this point along with receding gums which leads to visible spaces between your teeth. Professional treatment, scaling and root planning will be needed at this point in order to reduce plaque and tartar and pocket depth in order for the tissues around teeth stabilize again. 

Early periodontitis

Healthy teeth vs periodontitis

Early periodontitis is characterized by inflammation in the gums caused by bacteria below the gum line. This stage will likely require a visit to your dentist for a cleaning and possibly other treatments depending on how severe it is. 

Advanced Periodontitis

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Advanced Periodontitis is usually when tartar has accumulated below the gum line causing irreversible damage to your jawbone and loose teeth that may need extraction if not treated early enough. Advanced treatments such as periodontal surgery and guided bone regeneration may be required in order to restore any lost tissue or bone that had been destroyed.

Gum Disease Treatment At Our Paradise Valley Office

Scaling and Root Planning

This is a “deep cleaning” procedure that involves the use of ultrasonic instruments and scalers to remove plaque and tartar buildup from inside periodontal pockets. It also smoothens tooth roots to prevent bacteria from adhering more easily.

Antibiotic Therapy

This is when an antibiotic is applied directly under the gum tissue or gives the patient an oral taken systemic antibiotic that helps kill harmful bacteria and reduce inflammation.  

Periodontal Surgery

A last resort when other treatments are not effective, this surgical procedure involves cutting away diseased tissue, removing bone defects and reshaping or contouring healthy underlying bone for a healthier pocket depth.

Periodontal Surgery

A last resort when other treatments are not effective, this surgical procedure involves cutting away diseased tissue, removing bone defects and reshaping or contouring healthy underlying bone for a healthier pocket depth.

Laser Treatment

A form of minimally-invasive treatment, laser therapy uses light energy to kill bacteria and facilitate healing in gum tissues affected by periodontal disease

Localized Irrigation Treatments

These applications involve placing medication directly into the pockets in order to target the area most affected by the disease. They can help reduce inflammation, inhibit bacterial growth, and promote healing.

Home Care Treatments

Patients are encouraged to practice good oral hygiene habits at home such as brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily and maintaining regular check-ups with their dentist in order to keep gum disease under control.

Nutrition Counseling

As certain foods like sugary snacks increase risk of decay and periodontal disease. Your dentist may recommend consulting a nutritionist for advice on maintaining healthy eating habits that benefit oral health.

Cessation of Smoking/Tobacco Use

Studies have shown that smoking contributes significantly to gum disease progression. So, quitting tobacco use can help reduce risk factors and improve overall health outcomes for patients suffering from gum disease or those at risk of developing it.

FAQ

Frequently Ask Questions

Looking for answers about gum disease treatments in Paradise Valley? Check out our FAQ section for all your questions!

 

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums and tissues that support your teeth. It occurs when plaque builds up between the teeth and gums due to poor oral hygiene habits. It can cause inflammation and lead to receding gums, worsening breath, tooth sensitivity and in severe cases, tooth loss.

The most common signs of gum disease include swollen or tender gums, bleeding when brushing or flossing your teeth, receded gums, bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, loose or shifting teeth and changes in the way dentures fit.

The primary cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene habits such as not brushing or flossing enough or not doing it correctly. Other contributing factors may include smoking or tobacco use, certain medications that reduce saliva flow which can make it easier for bacteria to stick to the teeth and genetics where some people are more susceptible than others.

Treatment for mild cases of gum disease typically involves deep cleaning with scaling and root planing which removes bacterial deposits from below the gum line and smoothes out root surfaces so that there are no rough spots for bacteria to stick to. More advanced cases may require additional treatments such as antibiotics to help fight off infection or surgery if pockets around the teeth have become too deep for traditional cleaning methods.

The length of treatment will depend on how advanced the condition is when treatment begins but typically ranges from one appointment up to several weeks depending on what type of treatment plan you and your dentist decide upon together. During appointments we will check progress regularly to ensure effective results with minimal discomfort throughout the process.

Most dental insurance plans offer coverage for treatments related to periodontal conditions so please check with your insurance provider directly if you have any questions about coverage levels prior to scheduling an appointment with us here at our office.

Yes! The best way to prevent further issues with your gums is by maintaining good daily oral hygiene practices such as brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste plus flossing once a day along with regular dental visits every 6 months for professional cleanings and examinations by our team at our office here!

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