Periodontal Preventative Care
Gum disease affects millions of Americans, and can be the cause of serious risks to your health if left untreated. In addition to major dental problems that can result from gum disease, it may also elevate the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other severe conditions.
Dr. David Bennett and his experienced dental team offer a comprehensive range of treatment options that can prevent gum disease from getting worse and give the gums a healthier appearance. Advanced Dental Care is equipped with the latest dentistry technologies to aid our dentists in evaluating gum disease and providing you with precise, effective treatment.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease is typically caused by harmful bacteria invading the gums. This bacteria results from plaque that has built up along the teeth and gums. Even with regular brushing and flossing, small bits of plaque can still find its way into the gums and cause gingivitis, the least dangerous form of gum disease. Most people will be affected by gingivitis at some point, and early treatment is often effective at stopping it from getting worse.
However, if treatment is not performed in the early stages of gingivitis, more serious gum disease can result and that in turn can lead to overall health problems.
This makes it vitally important to not only have routine dental checkups and teeth cleanings, but also to be aware of the symptoms of gum disease. Some of these symptoms include
Inflamed, red gums
Pain or discomfort along the gumline
Gums that easily bleed
Spaces forming between the teeth
Teeth that feel loose
There is no cure for gum disease; however, there are very effective treatments to stop it from causing more damage and relieve the symptoms. Our practice offers advanced techniques to help you address this very common condition.
What is Biofilm?
Biofilm forms when bacteria adheres to surfaces, usually in a wet environment, and begin to excrete a sticky, glue-like substance that sticks to any surface, allowing more and more bacteria to adhere and organize into “colonies.”
More common examples include clogged drains, clogged arteries, and the slimy film on your bathtub. In the human mouth, these biofilms form on the teeth surfaces and oral appliances like dentures, mouthguards, or orthodontic braces and retainers, creating a sticky yellow substance called “dental plaque.”
In sufficient quantities, any of these bacterial colonies can lead to gum disease, starting with mild bleeding and swelling of the gum tissue and progressing to severe bone loss and loosening of the teeth.
Deep Cleaning and Root Planing
When gum disease is present, one of the most frequently performed and effective procedures to treat symptoms and prevent it from getting worse is deep scaling and root planing.
This treatment is a non-surgical technique that removes the buildup of plaque and tartar along the teeth and root tissue. Deep scaling and root planing significantly reduces pockets of bacteria and stimulates the healing of the gums.
Surgical options are also available to treat periodontal disease. Provo cosmetic dentist Dr. David Bennett and their exceptional team will work to create and implement the best possible care available.
Contact Us at (801) 375-1414 or click on the link above to schedule an appointment!