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Periodontal Therapy – North Phoenix, AZ

Gum Disease Treatment for Oral Health

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Are you experiencing oral bleeding or overly red and swollen gum tissue? These are common symptoms of gum disease (which is also referred to as periodontal disease). Gum disease is an infection that negatively affects your oral health and weakens your smile’s support system. It is very common in the United States and often goes untreated early on because the symptoms seem so mild. However, advanced cases can result in serious and permanent consequences for a patient’s health.

At Devoted Family Dental, you can trust in Dr. Ludu and Dr. Sharma to prioritize your wellbeing and help you feel well cared for. We provide comprehensive periodontal examinations and revitalizing therapy options in order to help your smile remain healthy and strong. Please contact us today if you have questions or if you are ready to schedule a visit.

What is Gum Disease?

Plaque and tartar build-up around the gum line and on teeth

Gum disease is when an infection attacks the soft oral tissue surrounding your teeth. This can cause redness, puffiness, inflammation, and even bleeding when brushing or flossing your teeth. There are various stages of gum disease ranging from mild to severe. Gingivitis, which is considered the first stage, can be easily combatted with regular dental cleanings and good oral hygiene practiced at home. However, periodontitis can result in gum pockets forming and making it easy for bacteria and food particles to become trapped. This, in turn, can lead to bone and tooth loss.

What Are the Symptoms?

A young girl with red gums

At first, the symptoms associated with gum disease might not be as apparent as you would think but over time, the signs can become more prevalent. Some of these include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Red and inflamed gums
  • Receding gums that cause teeth to appear longer than before
  • Loose teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Oral sores that do not heal quickly
  • Increase tooth sensitivity

How Can You Prevent Gum Disease?

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If you want to prevent gum disease from ever occurring, there are steps you can take to ensure your mouth stays decay and disease-free for years to come, such as:

  • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your teeth twice a day for two full minutes.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste or one that combats gum disease.
  • Floss at least once a day to remove harmful bacteria and food particles from in-between your teeth.
  • Rinse with an ADA-approved mouthwash to flush away anything flossing and brushing left behind.
  • Keep your dental checkups and cleanings with your dentist every six months.
  • Avoid consuming too much sugar, as bacteria loves to feed off it and cause tooth decay and gum disease to develop.
  • If you are a diabetic, make sure you are monitoring your blood sugar levels.

Diagnosis and Treatment – Periodontal Therapy

A person having them teeth and gums cleaned

Millions of adults in the United States battle gum disease of some sort. Fortunately, there are solutions that can help individuals regain their gum health.

Nonsurgical – Scaling and Root Planing

In its earliest stages, it may be possible to combat gum disease with more frequent cleanings at our practice. However, advanced forms will require a more in-depth form of therapy. Scaling and root planing is a comprehensive cleaning that targets the bacteria underneath the gum line and along the rough root surfaces of the teeth. We will smooth these surfaces as well so that the infection is less likely to return, and the gum tissue is able to better reconnect to the teeth.

Surgical – Soft Tissue, Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening involves removing excess gum tissue and exposing additional tooth structure. This opens the door for any restorative or cosmetic treatment you might need to fix the tooth that may be damaged as a result of gum disease. By removing gingival and bone tissue, we can create enough space to place a customized restoration (i.e. dental crown).

What is the Cost for Periodontal Therapy?

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The cost of periodontal therapy can vary, as each patient is different. Depending on the severity of the problem when first seen by one of our dentists, there are various factors that must be considered when determining how much you can expect to spend on this type of therapy. Some of these factors include:

  • Seriousness of the problem
  • Stage of which the gum disease is currently in
  • Surgical or non-surgical treatment
  • Any additional dental work
  • Maintenance in order to restore gum health