Do You Have Gum Disease ?
Gum disease (periodontal disease) presents potentially scary complications – from bone loss and loosening teeth, to playing a hand in heart conditions. But gum disease can be prevented or managed to limit these side-effects from having a negative impact on your overall wellness and oral health. Dr. Anshu Jain helps her patients enjoy the benefits of excellent gum health with periodontal therapy for gum disease prevention and treatment at her office in Murphy, TX.
Who Is At Risk for Gum Disease?
Anyone can develop signs of gum disease through poor dental health habits, but those who are at a higher risk for periodontal problems are
Those who have health conditions, like diabetes.
Even getting older or simply having a genetic pre-disposition to gum problems can lead to development of gum disease symptoms.
chronic dry mouth caused by hormonal changes or by taking drugs for certain medical conditions, which create the right environment for periodontal disease.
The good news is that with help from our Murphy, Tx dentist, Dr Anshu Jain, and a commitment to good at-home dental care, you can enjoy renewed oral health.
Dr. Anshu Jain and her team keeps a close watch on your gum health to diagnose the disease at its earliest. A periodontal exam is always be part of your regular dental check-up whether you are a new patient or existing patient on a recall. A thorough exam checks pocket depths, amount of bleeding, inflammation, tooth mobility, etc., to make a diagnosis that will fall into a category below:
Gingivitis: First stage of periodontal disease. Plaque and its toxin by-products irritate the gums, making them tender, inflamed, and likely to bleed.
Periodontitis: Plaque hardens into calculus (tartar). As calculus and plaque continue to build up, the gums begin to recede from the teeth. Deeper pockets form between the gums and teeth and become filled with bacteria and pus. The gums become very irritated, inflamed, and bleed easily. Slight to moderate bone loss may be present.
Advanced Periodontitis: The teeth lose more support as the gums, bone, and periodontal ligament continue to be destroyed. Unless treated, the affected teeth will become very loose and may be lost. Generalized moderate to severe bone loss may be present.
Smiles At Murphy, dentist in Murphy TX, present patients with non-surgical and surgical options for gum care, depending on their needs and severity , which include:
• Deep cleanings (removal of debris below the gum line)
• Pocket reduction surgery
• Gum grafting
• Home care maintenance programs (patient education)
If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended. It is usually done one quadrant of the mouth at a time while the area is numb. In this procedure, tartar, plaque, and toxins are removed from above and below the gum line (scaling) and rough spots on root surfaces are made smooth (planing). This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink. Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and an electric tooth brush may be recommended to help control infection and healing.
If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean. Your dentist may also recommend that you see a periodontist (specialist of the gums and supporting bone).
It only takes twenty four hours for plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into calculus (tartar)! Daily home cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation, but those hard to reach areas will always need special attention.
Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend that you have regular maintenance cleanings (periodontal cleanings), usually four times a year. At these cleaning appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to ensure that they are healthy. Plaque and calculus that is difficult for you to remove on a daily basis will be removed from above and below the gum line.
When it comes to preventing gum disease, brushing, flossing, and keeping your routine dental appointments are essential. Gum disease is caused by the collection of bad bacteria and debris that forms plaque on and around your teeth. When plaque isn’t cleaned daily with good brushing and flossing techniques, it begins to build-up under the gum line and forms into tartar – a hard substance that can negatively affect tooth enamel
Dr. Jain dentist in Murphy, Tx can help patients avoid the formation of tartar and pockets of bacteria below the gum line with routine dental cleanings and effective patient education. We educate our patients with proper dental hygiene habits to keep their teeth clean between appointments to avoid oral health complications.