Congress Dental Group and Arlington Dental Smiles offer several treatments for periodontal (gum) disease in Boston and Arlington, Massachusetts, including non-surgical treatment options. We invite you to contact us at 617-574-8700 or 781-641-0500 to make your appointment with Dr. Robert Page, Dr. Preetha Chally or Dr. John Boyle and to learn more about gum disease treatments.
Studies show that gum diseases are one of the main reasons for the loss of teeth in adults. When the gums surrounding your teeth are infected, it results in gum disease. Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease. Gum disease is virtually pain-free and can go unnoticed by the patients. It is therefore very important to consult a dentist in regular intervals to ensure good oral health. The signs of gum diseases are diagnosed by measuring the space between your gums and teeth during these regular checkups.
STAGES OF GUM DISEASE
The main cause of periodontal diseases is the growth of a sticky form of bacteria on your teeth known as plaque. This form of bacteria can be removed by brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups by the dentists. However, when proper care is not taken, it continues to build up on your teeth and causes toxins. These toxins are accumulated below your gum line, causing damage to your gums and separating them from your teeth.
Gum disease is developed in two stages, gingivitis and periodontitis.
- Gingivitis – the early stage of periodontal disease. You can notice signs such as swelling, redness, and bleeding of your gums in this stage. It is relatively easier to treat gum disease in this stage. We usually advise daily brushing and flossing as treatment option for patients.
- Periodontitis – the advanced stage of gingivitis. When the earlier stage of gum disease is not properly treated at the right time, it progresses to periodontitis. Once the disease advances to this stage, the gums and bone structure that supports your teeth are severely damaged. In some cases, the damage could be irreversible. People affected by this stage of gum disease experience teeth loss.
CAUSES OF GUM DISEASE
Here are some of the factors that could increase the chances of developing gum disease:
- Diabetes for a prolonged period of time
- Smoking or chewing of tobacco
- Crooked teeth
- Old fillings
- Ill-fitting bridges
- Medications such as cancer therapy drugs, steroids and oral contraceptives
While the first stage of gum disease is easily curable, it is the advanced stage (periodontitis) that requires immediate treatment by professionals. The treatment option suggested to one patient differs from another, depending on several factors, such as the body constitution of the patient, health conditions and overall oral health. We always prefer to treat the disease through non-surgical methods, including medication, scaling and deep cleaning. However, in some cases, when antibiotics fail to show effective results, we may opt for surgical procedures to treat the disease, such as periodontal surgery, laser gum surgery or dental implants.
Prevention is always better than cure. We always advise our patients to schedule regular dental visits to avoid such dental problems in the future. Make sure you do not ignore gum disease in its early stages. This will cause serious damage to your gums and often results in tooth loss. Our gum treatment options are effective and affordable and are performed by our professional and highly skilled dentists.
To learn more about our periodontal treatment options and schedule your consultation with our dentists, contact us today.