Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that attacks healthy gum tissue. It’s a widespread oral health problem and the leading cause of tooth loss among adults over 30. If we find gum disease, we need to treat it promptly. Without prompt treatment, the infection will gradually worsen and spread to the tissue that supports your teeth, ultimately leading to bone and tooth loss.
Gum disease is not just a problem that affects your oral health. Recent studies have revealed a connection between chronic diseases of the mouth and your overall health. This research suggests that periodontal disease can increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, miscarriage, and diabetes, among other issues.
We strongly recommend preventive treatments like dental exams and cleanings since they are the most effective way to maintain excellent oral health. These basic services help us monitor the health of your teeth and stay one step ahead of problems like gum disease. However, if you do develop a periodontal infection, our gentle, effective treatment will stop gum disease in its tracks.
Signs of Gum Disease
If your gums are swollen or bleed easily when you brush, you may be seeing the signs of periodontal disease. Here are a few things to look for that may indicate you have gum disease:
• Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
• Gums that bleed when brushing and flossing
• The feeling that your teeth are becoming loose
• Tender or inflamed gums
State-of-the-Art Gum Disease Treatment
Without regular preventive cleanings and dental exams, bacteria-filled plaque sits on your teeth and builds up between your teeth and gums. The gums gradually pull away from your teeth, opening up pockets. You will notice that your teeth begin to feel loose, and eventually they may be lost.
Our hygienists determine the extent of infection by measuring the depth of these periodontal pockets. Depending on our findings, our skilled hygienist may recommend a deep cleaning. This involves scaling or root planing, a process where the surface of the tooth is smoothed to allow gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth.
If deep pockets and inflammation remain, we can use our state-of-the-art periodontal lasers to remove diseased tissue, seal the pockets, and promote regrowth of healthy gum tissue. We choose laser therapy because it is gentle, comfortable, and requires very little recovery time.
Skilled Care with a Gentle Touch
At Premier Dental, our team is committed to staying current with up-to-date dental technologies like laser dentistry that improve your oral health and overall wellness. Before we decide to invest in any new technology, we make sure that it will do its job effectively and safely, leaving your teeth healthier than when we started.
If you would like more information about our effective gum disease treatment methods, please call our Meriden dental office, and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.