Phoenix Gum Disease Treatment
In many cases, gum disease treatment is necessary for adults. There are more than 75% of Americans over the age of 35 that have some form of gum disease. One of two types of basic gum disease may be present during the examination. Both are infections, which can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. In fact, gum diseases is the most common cause of adult tooth loss. And in recent research studies, gum disease can affect the health or your heart and shorten your life expectancy.
If it’s your first visit with us or every 12 months, our hygienists at Paradise Ridge Dentistry will carefully evaluate the teeth and gums and check for any signs of gum diseases during your examination.
Watch this brief video as Beth, one of our dental hygienists explain how the pockets in the gums are measured to determine their health. This procedure is called periodontal charting.
Two Types of Gum Diseases
Gingivitis is the first type of gum disease. With this type of disease there is superficial inflammation of the tissues around your teeth. You may notice some bleeding or swelling around your gums. This alone is not a threat to the health of your teeth. However, if the gingivitis is left untreated and progresses it could lead to peridontal disease. Periodontitis is the second type of gum disease. Not only does this affect the gum tissue, but it attacks the bony support of the tooth. If left untreated over many years, the bone will slowly be destroyed. Sooner or later, the teeth will loosen and fall out or will need to be removed. With gum disease, there are no obvious symptoms. It can progress over many years until finally the teeth become loose. At this point, nothing can be done to stop it.
Gum Disease Diagnosis
Flossing and brushing regularly helps, but don’t miss your professional cleanings and examinations. During the examination, one of our hygienists at Paradise Ridge Dentistry will probe your gums. The probe is used like a tiny ruler. Pockets that measure less than 3 millimeters (about 1/8”), are tight against the teeth, and have pink tips are considered healthy. That is if no bone loss appears on X-rays. Unhealthy pockets that measure on a scale from 3 to 5 millimeters indicate signs of disease. At this point, the tarter that develops on your teeth begins to go below the gum line. There is also is evidence of bone loss. Pockets that exceed 5 millimeters results in receding gums and a greater amount of bone loss.
Gum Disease Treatment
If your gums have receded from your teeth and there is evidence of bone loss, a basic cleaning will not be effective in removing the tarter deep below the gum line. At this point, you will need to have a non-surgical treatment called scaling and root planing (SRP). When using this method this enables us to scrape the tarter and plaque from above and below the gum line and smooth the rough spots on the teeth where germs and bacteria collect. Bacteria is one of the contributors to gum diseases. After an SRP has been completed the teeth should have a smooth, clean surface allowing the gums to naturally reattach to the teeth.
Call Paradise Ridge Dentistry or make an appointment online for an evaluation. You only get one set of adult teeth so don’t lose them.