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Gum Disease: The Problem No One May Know They Have

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, affects a massive number of Americans. They live with it day in and day out, never doing anything about it until it is too late. The reason that they never address the issue? They don’t know that they have it! Gum disease is almost undetectable to those suffering from it until the disease has reached the more critical stages. That is when people start to realize that something is wrong.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

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Non-surgical gum treatment pretty much takes care of a lot of the gum disease. There are some severe cases that might require surgery, but we can probably take care of, I'm going to say, 80 or 90 percent of the gum disease. Just getting the irritants cleaned up and the gums in good health, and as long as there is good home care, we are able to manage that for a lot of patients. A lot of patients come in with gum disease, and we're able to treat it and maintain it and keep things stable.

Gum disease is caused by bacteria that takes up residence along and below your gumline. Plaque and tartar buildup in that area give this bacteria a comfortable environment that they begin to thrive in.

This disease sometimes shows itself in the early stages of its development, if you know what to look for. Among the different symptoms, people most often notice that they are experiencing red, irritated gums. This may also include bleeding from the gums during meals or after brushing.

The longer you wait, the chances that you will have more severe symptoms of gum disease increase. An example of these symptoms is tooth loss. Your best option is always to get treated for gum disease and keep the teeth that you have. If you’ve already lost teeth to gum disease, however, we do have solutions for you. In the past, once you lost a tooth, your only option was dentures. There are other options available to us today.

In some cases, gum disease has even been linked to developing heart disease. This takes treating this affliction to a whole new level of priority.

What Should You Do?

The first thing you need to do is schedule an appointment with our dental office. We will be able to determine whether you have a form or gum disease. We also will be able to help develop a treatment plan to get your gums back to a healthy condition.

Depending on the severity of your gum disease, you will be given dental service to address your situation. In some cases, surgery may be required to fix your case, but in most cases, we can provide nonsurgical gum disease treatment options in-house.

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I've had had major periodontal disease, I've had loose teeth. I came to him with a mouth full of silver, basically, and he has given me truly a beautiful smile. The stains are gone, my gums are healthy, makes it much easier to smile, it really does.

My oral health is better than it's ever been, and for that I'm really grateful. He really makes it more of a partnership in terms of decisions and what's to be done and how it will be done, and for me that's important. I've had trouble with my teeth since I was a little girl, and obviously built up a great deal of anxiety about going to the dentist. So that fact that he's been able to do as much work and I trust him is significant. And he's very sensitive to that, and dealing with anxiety and fear. But he's made it a whole lot easier.

Scaling – A nonsurgical procedure that helps treat gum disease. Scaling is the process of removing the plaque and tartar buildup from along and below the gumline. Any plaque and tartar on the teeth will be removed as well. The bacteria that causes gum disease find it hard to attach to the smooth surface of the teeth and gums after the scaling is completed.

Root Planing – A procedure performed in combination with scaling. Dr. Duffield or Dr. Grewal will remove the bacteria from below the gumline, including bacteria on the tooth roots. The surface of the roots are softer and more porous than the rest of the tooth. This makes this area an attractive location for bacteria to grow.

After the bacteria is removed, your dentist will smooth out any rough spots left on the root surface. This will help keep bacteria from flocking back to begin growing again.

Next Steps

Your next step is to call Duffield Dentistry at 248-721-4502 to schedule an initial consultation. Dr. Lawrence Duffield or Dr. Anantpreet Grewal will be happy to go over all of your gum treatment options. You can also leave us a message using the online contact form. Duffield Dentistry looks forward to partnering with you in your journey toward a healthier smile.

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