East End Dental Wellness

Gum Disease Treatment

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Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums that often results in tooth loss. Many people who have gum disease are unaware because it can be completely painless. During your regular exam, we’ll check for early signs of gum disease and assess your risk.

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The causes of gum disease

Periodontal disease is caused by plaque build up, which creates toxins that damage the gums. It starts below the gum line and creates pockets that separate your gums from your teeth.

  • Using tobacco products (smoking or chewing)
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Using some medications; including steroids, oral contraceptives, cancer therapy drugs, anti-epilepsy drugs, and calcium chain blockers
  • Having crooked teeth
  • Having old fillings or bridges that no longer fit right

The 2 stages of gum disease

Gingivitis:

This is the early stage of periodontal disease and it is characterized by red, swollen gums and gums that bleed easily from brushing and flossing. Gingivitis is treatable and will typically subside with consistent brushing and flossing.

Periodontitis:

The later stage of periodontal disease occurs when the gums and bone supporting the teeth are irreversibly damaged. Teeth will get loose, fall out, or have to be removed at the dentist’s office.

Not all who experience gum disease have noticeable symptoms at first, but possible symptoms include:

  • Gums that are red, tender, or swollen
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Gums receding from teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Change in the fit of your bite
  • Change in the fit of partial dentures

How Are We Treating Gum Disease at East End Dental Wellness

Our treatments aim to restore the health of the gums and the teeth they hold permanently. Our course of action will depend on the severity of your gum disease, but our typical treatments are:

  • At-home periodontal trays
  • Scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)
  • Laser gum surgery
  • Dental implants

How to Prevent Gum Disease

At our dental offices in Easton, MA we conduct thorough and comprehensive exams that include assessing your periodontal health. Coming in for an examination every 6 months is one of the most important things you can do to prevent gum disease. More importantly, a proper and consistent home care routine and a balanced diet are essential factors in the long-term health of your gums.

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