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Woodstock Periodontal Therapy

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Gum disease impacts more than half of adults over the age of 30, and advanced gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for patients over the age of 35. This oral health condition has also been linked to a number of whole body health concerns like diabetes and heart disease. At Dream Dental of Woodstock, our skilled dentists and dentistry team work hard to help patients keep their teeth and gums healthy to avoid gum disease, but when this isn’t possible, we offer a variety of periodontal therapies to restore oral health and keep patients smiling. If you want to find out more, call our Woodstock dentistry team to find out more or schedule your six month dental exam and teeth cleaning appointment today.

What is Gum Disease?

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Periodontal disease, more often referred to simply as gum disease, is an oral health condition that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup at and below the gum line irritates soft tissue. Over time, sores occur, and the acidic plaque destroys the connective bone and gum tissues that hold teeth in place. In the earliest stages, called gingivitis, this disease causes little to no negative effects on oral health and can be easily remedied in partnership with your dentist. When left untreated, gum disease develops into the more severe form of the condition called periodontitis. This form of the disease leads to severe side effects, including tooth loss.

How do I Know I Have Gum Disease?

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During six month dental exams, our team members will be looking for the indicators that you have even the mildest case of gum disease. This includes measuring the pockets between teeth and gums, since one of the first indicators of the disease is soft tissue recession. The mild form of gum disease, gingivitis, can be easily treated with more frequent trips to our office for teeth cleanings and some small changes to your dental care at home. When gum disease reaches the more advanced periodontitis stage, the warning signs can be more serious. Some of the common side effects of gum disease you should be aware of include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Changes in the color of soft tissue
  • Swelling or inflammation in the soft tissue
  • Receding gums or teeth that appear longer
  • Infection or sores in the soft tissue
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together or teeth that feel loose
  • Chronic bad breath that doesn’t improve following oral hygiene

What Periodontal Therapies are Available?

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In the early stages, periodontal disease may be treated with more frequent professional teeth cleanings and improved at-home hygiene. When gum disease reaches the more severe stages, we may need to provide more advanced treatments in addition to professional teeth cleanings, including the following:

  • Scaling – systematic removal of plaque and tartar buildup at and below the gum line
  • Root paling – smoothing of porous root surfaces to prevent the future buildup of plaque and tartar
  • Antibiotic therapy – oral and/or topical antibiotics may be prescribed to reduce the numbers of plaque-producing oral bacteria that can lead to gum disease