Did you know that chronic bad breath and swollen gums can be signs of gum disease? These are just two of many symptoms of gum disease that our Edgewood, KY dentists and our trained staff look for during routine checkups. If gum disease is not treated, however, it can create a host of new and more serious problems. Edgewood Dental Care understands the potential dangers of untreated gum disease. We have invested in cutting-edge technology and modern procedures to give you an accurate diagnosis and quicker, more comfortable gum disease treatment.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is inflammation of your gums. This infection is caused by bacteria buildup on and around your teeth that forms plaque, that sticky film on the surface of your teeth. Causes of gum disease include poor dental hygiene, poor diet, tobacco use, genetics, hormonal changes, health conditions, and even medications. Initially, you may have no pain and only experience:
- Bleeding, swollen, and tender gums, especially when brushing and flossing
- Persistent bad breath, or halitosis, and a bad taste in your mouth, even after brushing, chewing gum, or eating mints
Periodontal disease is probably the most prevalent issue we deal with today and it is probably the most underdiagnosed thing that people have as far as actual gum infection to where you have the gum loss, the bone loss and subsequent tooth loss because of loosening. Periodontal disease affects these overall. There are studies going on constantly as far as the same plaques that are in your mouth forming in the arteries of your heart and doing other damage to your body and that is daily, there are daily studies on that. I am a big believer in prevention and big believer in using technology to not only stop gum disease or periodontal disease but hopefully to bring bone back and make it best for your overall health.
Early stage gum disease, or gingivitis, can be reversed with proper brushing and flossing and professional cleanings from our Edgewood, KY dentists at Edgewood Dental Care. However, if it remains untreated, it spreads below the gumline and becomes advanced stage gum disease, or periodontitis. At this point, you may experience worsening symptoms that a regular cleaning cannot improve, such as:
- Gums pulling away from your teeth
- Loosening teeth
- Bone loss
- Tooth loss
- Infected “pockets” that form between your gums and teeth
Periodontitis may also put you at increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, certain cancers, and other dangerous medical conditions. Our advanced gum infection treatment remove the infection from your gums, help restore your mouth’s health, and may decrease your risk of other medical conditions.
LANAP is a revolutionary way to treat gum disease. With this procedure, we use a laser to remove the diseased part of your gums. Without LANAP, dentists use a scalpel to manually remove the disease. LANAP dramatically reduces pain and bleeding. It also helps you heal more quickly. LANAP treatment normally takes about 2 visits, and then you should be able to return to your normal activities. Dr. McMahon has been LANAP certified to treat gum disease, so you will know you are getting the most experienced periodontal disease treatment possible.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and planing, also called deep cleaning, is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease, especially before it becomes severe. For this gum disease treatment, our Edgewood, KY dentists take a small special tool called a scaler to clean out the infected root of your tooth. We remove the plaque and then smooth out the root to get rid of the bacteria. This procedure normally requires The Wand painless anesthesia. We can also provide dental sedation to anxious patients. Afterward, we will help you maintain healthy gums with regular cleanings.
Dr. McMahon is committed to making dentistry comfortable. Our diode laser is one modern tool we use to remove your gum disease painlessly and without bleeding. We place this soft-tissue laser into your infected pockets beneath your gums where it gently removes the plaque, tartar, and bacteria inside. Some people may need a general anesthesia for our diode laser gum disease treatment while others have no discomfort whatsoever.
Antibiotics and Probiotics
In addition to scaling and root planing, we may also use adjunct therapy to help remove the last of your gum disease. After your scaling and root planing, we insert an antibiotic, Arestin, into your infected gum pockets. This will release over about a week to continually heal and treat the infection.
Because antibiotics can also destroy the good bacteria in your mouth, we use probiotics to maintain the good microorganisms. Our probiotic capsules contain the same healthy microorganisms you might find in your yogurt.
Don’t leave gum disease untreated! Dr. McMahon and his team offer many ways of gum disease treatment and restore your healthy smile. If you are experiencing signs of gum disease, contact our Edgewood, KY dentists immediately for a consultation. You can reach our office at 859-474-7830 or by filling out our online form.