Gum Disease

Non-surgical Periodontal Care in Matthews, North Carolina.

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Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Gums that bleed easily. Red, swollen, tender gums. Gums that have pulled away from the teeth. Persistent bad breath or bad taste. Permanent teeth that are loose or separating. Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite. Any change in the fit of partial dentures. Studies indicate that upwards of 75% of adults have some level of gum disease. Silent, like diabetes or high blood pressure, gum disease gradually erodes the bone that holds and supports your teeth in the jawbone.

Stages of Gum Disease

Healthy

Healthy

Health

Healthy

Healthy
  • Coral pink
  • Gums tight
  • No bleeding
GINGIVITIS

GINGIVITIS

Mild

GINGIVITIS

GINGIVITIS
  • Bleeding
  • Inflamed
  • Sensitive
  • Bad Breath
PERIO

PERIO

Moderate

PERIO

PERIO
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Gums Loosen
  • Bad Breath, Taste
  • Pockets > 4mm
PERIO

PERIO

Advanced

PERIO

PERIO
  • Heavy Bleeding
  • Swelling, Recession
  • Teeth Loose
  • Bad Breath taste
  • Pockets > 6mm

Diagnosing Gum Disease

A diagnosis is confirmed or ruled out by using a panoramic or full series of radiographs and comparing them with periodontal pocket measurements. During your gum exam, we will use a tiny ruler to measure the depth of the pockets and, at the same time, note any abnormalities like bleeding, pus, gum recession or loose teeth. Those measurements combined with imaging indicate the health of your gum and bone.

Treating Gum Disease

There is no cure for gum disease. The goal of treatment is to eliminate the bacteria causing the disease. We have a comprehensive program called Soft Tissue Management in place. It is comprised of a full range of non-surgical options as the first line of treatment. If your disease is beyond the scope of nonsurgical care alone, we will most likely refer you to a gum-specialist called a periodontist.

SRP

SRP

Scaling and root-planing is a detailed cleaning which removes tartar under the gum line and smooths the roots to keep them clean. Usually we will use local anesthetic like Oraqix to numb the areas that will be cleaned. Both specialized ultrasonic tips and very fine hand scalers are used to clean deep areas. It will usually take several visits to do a thorough job.

Antibiotics

Antibiotics

We have many options available for agents that kill bacteria and assist your body in healing your gums and bone. From tiny local applications that are placed directly in the pocket where the infection hides to rinses and systemic options. Antibiotics have been shown to enhance the results of scaling.

Homecare

Homecare

There is no cure for periodontal disease. Our goal is to stabilize it and prevent additional bone loss. If you rebuild the engine in your car, you will need to do regular maintenance in order to keep it running. In the same way, you will need to work extra hard at home to keep your teeth clean and come in for professional cleanings several times a year to keep gum disease from coming back.

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