Gum disease is an inflammation of your gumline and can be treated at our Canton, OH dentist office. If it is left untreated by a periodontist, it can damage the bone that supports your teeth.
Symptoms of early gum disease can include:
- Swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Gum recession
- Persistent bad breath
When your body senses threats like infections, lacerations, or foreign bacteria, it is designed to heal and protect the area being threatened. However, when your body detects plaque, tartar and bacteria in your mouth, instead of actively attacking the bacteria, it starts to protect itself by causing gum recession.
If the early stages of gum disease are left untreated, your gums will recede away from your teeth, which can trigger a variety of other painful dental and oral health problems.
Signs Of Gum Disease
Most patients in the early stages of gum disease don't even know they have it. Signs of gum disease may not appear until the disease has advanced to a point that will require you to undergo more invasive treatment to get your smile healthy again.
However, you can be on the lookout for these symptoms of gum disease:
- Loose teeth or teeth separating from each other
- Mouth pain - including swollen and red gums
- Receding gums
- Excessive bleeding after brushing and flossing your teeth
- Mouth sores
- Consistent bad breath that doesn't respond to traditional treatment (like mouthwash)
- Noticeable pus between your teeth and gums
- Your partial dentures aren't fitting securely anymore
- A change in the way you bite or the way your teeth fit together
Gum disease hurts millions of people each year and many don't even know they have this serious condition until it has advanced to a point that requires treatment by a dentist like Dr. Danner.
If you're concerned you might be seeing the signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Danner Dental in Canton, OH today. We can assess your symptoms and create a treatment plan specialized to your dental needs.
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
Your routine cleaning every six months at Danner Dental involves scaling your teeth and gumline to remove plaque and tartar and polishing to remove stains and smooth the tooth's surface. However, if you have symptoms of gum disease, you might need a different type of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is a deep dental cleaning procedure Dr. Danner performs to treat patients with current or developing gum disease. Not all patients need this level of cleaning, but it is vital if you are suffering from gingivitis
Root Surface Debridement (RSD)
Over time, calcified deposits in your gum pockets can make the surface of your tooth rough and difficult to keep clean. Root Surface debridement (RSD) is a procedure used to clean the root surface of the tooth. Dr. Danner uses root surface debridement to remove deposits and slow the progression of gum disease.
Gum disease increases your risk of systemic health problems, making it more difficult for your immune system to do its job. Ask Dr. Danner how non-surgical periodontal treatment can get your mouth healthy again.
Gingivitis is often painless at first, making it difficult to diagnose without regular dental checkups. Inflammation of the gums can be a potentially serious condition, which is why it’s vital to get regular dental exams from Danner Dental
If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned you might have gingivitis, Dr. Danner offers a range of treatments to reverse or stop gum disease’s progression. If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, most treatment options will not require surgery.
Gum Graft Surgery (Gum Tissue Regeneration)
Gum grafting is a common periodontal procedure performed by Dr. Danner to treat gum recession. After gum grafting, the soft tissue surrounding your teeth can begin to naturally regenerate, restoring a healthier smile. Benefits include reduced tooth sensitivity, an improved smile appearance and overall improvement of gum health.
Laser Gum Treatment
At Danner Dental we offer laser gum treatment as an option for patients suffering with gum disease. During treatment, Dr. Danner will use a dental laser to excise any diseased gum tissue. Using a laser for gum treatment allows for a greater degree of precision, makes general anesthesia unnecessary, and often results in shorter recovery times.
Dental Crown Lengthening
Some patients require dental crown lengthening as part of the preparation for final crown restoration of a tooth. If necessary, Dr. Danner will perform a crown lengthening to extend the size or height of a portion of your tooth to better stabilize the dental crown.
Have Questions About Your Gum Disease Treatment Options?
Are you experiencing the signs of gum disease? Don't delay treatment any longer! Call Danner Dental today so we can answer any questions you have and schedule your dentist appointment as soon as possible.
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