Untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss and the development of more serious health concerns. Periodontal disease (gum disease) can destroy the gums and bone that support your teeth. Gum disease has also been linked to other medical conditions, including: heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and diabetes. Most patients don’t even realize they have gum disease until after the condition has advanced to the later, more dangerous stages. The only way to protect your health from the dangers of gum disease is to visit the dentist regularly for routine dental checkups and cleanings. If you already have gum disease, Dr. Giamberardino can develop a treatment plan to repair the damage and return your teeth and gums to optimal health. Make an appointment with Giamberardino Dental Care for the gum disease treatment you need today. Dr. Giamberardino can fully restore the health of your gum tissue. Giamberardino Dental Care proudly protects the health of families daily throughout Medford, MA, Winchester, Somerville, Malden, Everett, and the surrounding communities.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease begins when the bacteria in the plaque that is stuck on your teeth infects and inflames your gum tissue. Gingivitis is the mildest form of the disease. It causes your gums to turn red, swollen, and bleed after brushing. However, there is little to no discomfort at this stage. Gingivitis is reversible with professional dental cleanings and good oral hygiene. If left untreated, gingivitis can advance into periodontitis. With periodontitis, plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque further irritate the gums. The toxins stimulate a defensive response in which your body begins to turns on itself, and the tissues and bone that support your teeth are broken down and destroyed. If you have periodontitis, your gums will begin to separate from the teeth, forming deep pockets that in turn become infected. As the disease progresses, more and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed, eventually leading to tooth loss and the need for reconstructive gum surgeries.
Do You Have Gum Disease?
If you have been experiencing any combination of the following symptoms, you should make an immediate appointment for gum disease treatment:
- Red, purple, swollen or tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loosened or separating teeth
- Pus at the gum line
- Mouth sores
- A change in your bite
- Suddenly ill fitting dentures
How Can Gum Disease Be Treated?
Dr. Giamberardino will start your treatment with a combination of scaling and root planing to carefully clean and disinfect the root surfaces of your teeth. He will gently remove all plaque and tarter from your periodontal pockets and smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. If your gum disease is not too far advanced, scaling and root planing is often all that’s needed to stop and repair the damage. However, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance and gum disease therapy to sustain their oral health.
Medford Gum Disease Treatment
If you suspect that you need gum disease treatment, make an appointment with Giamberardino Dental Care today. Dr. Giamberardino is an experienced restorative dentist. Giamberardino Dental Care delivers quality care daily throughout Medford, MA, Winchester, Somerville, Malden, Everett, and the surrounding communities.