Gum disease is a common, yet potentially dangerous condition that affects not just oral health, but your total body health. At Advanced Dentistry, our dentists diagnose symptoms of gum disease, including swollen, tender, or bleeding gums, receding gums, and even bad breath.
If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, your gums may be receding away from the teeth, which can trigger a variety of other dental and oral health problems. Fortunately, our team of seasoned specialists works together to assess and treat the signs and symptoms of gum disease.
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.
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 it requires treatment by a periodontist.
If you're concerned you might be seeing the signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Advanced Dentistry today. We can assess your symptoms and create a treatment plan specialized for your dental needs.
Gum disease increases your risk of systemic health problems, making it more difficult for your immune system to do its job. Ask our gum doctor how non-surgical periodontal therapy can help with problems like heart disease, pneumonia, premature labor, and more.
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 our doctors at Advanced Dentistry.
If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned you might have gingivitis, our gum doctor offers a range of treatments to reverse or stop gum disease progression. If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, most treatment options are non-surgical procedures.
Gum Graft Surgery
Gum grafting is a common periodontal procedure performed 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 sensitivity, an improved smile appearance and overall improvement of gum health.
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
Your routine cleaning at our Morton Grove dental office involves scaling your teeth and gum line 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 our doctors perform to treat patients with current or developing gum disease. Not all patients need this level of periodontal treatment, but it is key for patients diagnosed with gingivitis.
Root Surface Debridement
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. Our doctors use root surface debridement to remove deposits and slow the progression of gum disease.
Have Questions About Your Gum Disease Treatment Options?
Our doctors are here to treat and maintain the health of your gums. If you are worried that you may be suffering from gum disease, call Advanced Dentistry of Morton Grove today to schedule an appointment!