Too often, gum disease is overlooked by patients who believe it is nothing of concern. Gums that bleed while brushing and flossing are treated with a quick rinse and left to “heal on their own.” The problem with this situation is that gum disease doesn’t just simply go away. In fact, it worsens over time, causing not only bone and tooth loss but serious health-related problems throughout the body. At Powell Dental Group, we see patients suffering from some form of gum disease all the time and fortunately, we offer a way to combat this problem – periodontal therapy in Powell. By evaluating a patient’s oral condition, we can employ the correct treatment methods to improve and restore gum and overall oral health. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with us, call our office today!
Gum disease is an infection within the gums and bone that surround and support your teeth. When it begins to attack the soft tissues, you may notice redness, inflammation, and even bleeding when brushing or flossing. As plaque and tartar harden below the gum line, inflammation increases and can lead to gum pocket formations, which make it easier for food particles and bacteria to become lodged. This can cause the infection to spread and even enter the bloodstream.
More and more dentists and researchers are discovering the connection between gum disease and other health conditions. From high blood pressure to diabetes and neurological disorders, the mouth and body are closely interconnected. This means, when a problem develops in the oral cavity, you can expect a problem to develop in the body, and vice versa.
Gum disease has been linked to:
While it might not make sense, it’s important that you regularly see us for dental checkups and cleanings, as this will help to combat the spread of gum disease and decay, as well as reduce the chances for other serious health problems to develop.
Individuals who suffer from gum disease don’t have to live with deteriorating oral health. With periodontal therapy, our team can restore and repair as well as monitor the progression to prevent it from worsening or requiring additional dental work in the future.
When you arrive for your visit, our team will keep a log of your gum health. During your appointment, we will measure your gum pockets, which are the areas between your teeth and gums. Should the depth of these pockets grow, it can be a clear indicator that gum disease is present. Our team will record your pocket depth as part of the charting and diagnostic service we provide. This allows us to monitor and closely track any changes in your gum pockets to try and stay ahead of any possible signs of infection or early periodontal disease.
If gum disease treatment in Powell is suggested, you can expect us to recommend scaling and root planing. This non-surgical procedure requires that we remove any plaque and tartar build-up from below the gum line and on the teeth before smoothing out the tooth’s root in an effort to encourage the gum tissue to reattach to the teeth.