Gum Disease Treatment
At Concord’s Fresh Dental, we believe it’s our job to protect your whole health by providing superior, long-term preventive and restorative dental care. When your oral health declines, so do your overall health, as demonstrated by gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Gum disease is not just a serious dental concern; it has been linked to heart disease and diabetes, as well as low birth weight in children born to women suffering from it.
What Is Periodontal/Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, bleeding, or receding gums, as well as bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth. It starts when plaque is found in the mouth and hardens into a substance called tartar, which can only be removed with a professional cleaning. If plaque and tartar are not removed, the bacteria eventually cause a mild form of periodontal disease called gingivitis, in which the gums bleed and become red and swollen. Gingivitis is still reversible, and it can be treated with a professional dental cleaning and regular brushing and flossing. However, when left untreated, the gum disease worsens, leading to an advanced form called periodontitis that can cause severe damage to the soft tissue that supports the teeth, resulting in infection and eventual tooth loss.
Gum Disease Treatments
At Fresh Dental, Concord dentists Drs. Amit Ganglani, Joti Johal, and Richard Dunning offer a variety of periodontal therapy treatments that address gum disease at its various stages. Periodontal therapy begins with a consultation and exam, so Drs. Ganglani, Johal, and Dunning can determine the stage of the disease and develop a treatment plan. Treatments may include:
- Professional dental cleaning: Drs. Ganglani, Johal, and Dunning will remove the plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. If you have gingivitis or signs of periodontitis, you will be required to have this level of cleaning twice a year or more.
- Scaling and root planing: Plaque and tartar are scraped away from both above and below the gum line while under local anesthetic (scaling). Rough spots on the tooth root are then smoothed out (planing). Locally applied medications, such as antimicrobials and antibiotics, may be used.
After you receive your treatment, you will be given instructions on specific oral hygiene techniques to use regularly at home. In severe cases of periodontal disease, surgery may be required to remove deep pockets of harmful bacteria.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: When is gum surgery necessary?
A: Gum surgery becomes necessary when the gum tissue around the teeth is too unhealthy to be repaired with nonsurgical treatments.
Q: How can you prevent gum disease?
A: Routine professional dental cleanings and regular at-home oral hygiene practices that include brushing and rinsing at least twice a day and flossing regularly will help prevent both gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Q: What is a gum graft?
A: During a gum graft, a tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth and attached to the affected gum line, allowing more tissue to grow and cover the exposed root surface.
Q: What is a gum or periodontal abscess?
A: A gum or periodontal abscess occurs when a pocket of pus collects within the gum. It happens when tissue disintegrates as a result of a bacterial infection in the gums or tooth roots and supporting bone.
Gingivitis and gum disease are preventable and treatable. If you are concerned that you might have periodontal disease, call (704) 549-9922 to set up a consultation at our Concord, NC dental office today.
The staff is wonderful here ! They seen my husband on an emergency basis and they took their time with him, they thoroughly explained everything, everyone in this office from the front desk to the assistant to the doctor were wonderful! We traveled 45 minutes to come there and we will definitely be coming back! Finally found a caring dental office! It is worth the drive! Thank you all for your compassion and truly caring!
Had my second appointment this month and so far they have been a wonderful staff by showing that they care about not only the needs of patient but also asking if there’s anything in particular we want done. I’m overall satisfied with my visit and happy I’ve found a dentist who cares. Thanks!
Had an impromptu root canal this morning with Dr.Dunning and staff. They always take great care of me and fit me in last minute. Clean, Comfortable and Friendly office. From reception to root canal, great experience.
I had a very pleasant experience with Dr. Patel and her staff today at FreshDental in Concord. I was very anxious about the appointment and any procedure, but Kimmie Bryant was very patient with me and spend a lot of time trying to calm me down and made me feel comfortable. Dr. Patel is very professional and has a naturally lovely personality. She takes the time to explain what needs to be done and provides valuable advice. I highly recommend Dr. Patel and her staff. A very pleasant visit indeed! I would definitely be back and would highly recommend the place for Dental work. - Erce Cobile
We had a pleasant experience with Dr. Patel and his staff today at FreshDental in Concord. I was very anxious about the appointment and any procedure, but Kimmie was very patient with me and spend a lot of time and made me feel comfortable. Dr. Patel is very professional and has a naturally lovely personality. He takes the time to explain what needs to be done and provides valuable advice. I highly recommend Dr. Patel and his staff.
Absolutely every bit of 5 stars ...best dental visit I ever had ..the doctor and staff are very professional...I had 10 fiil ins and we got through it with no problems ..very sweet and smart and I even learned some valuable info that I never knew about ...this place definitely has my business...A+
Dental Services Offered at Concord NC FRESHDental
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Implants
- Digital X-rays
- Emergency Dental Services
- Family Dentist
- Fixed and Removeable Bridges
- Fluoride Treatment
- General Dentistry
- Gum Disease Treatment
- Hygiene Services
- Inlays and Onlays
- Oral Cancer Screenings
- Porcelain Veneers
- Professional Teeth Cleanings
- Root Canals
- Smile Design Treatment
- Teeth Whitening
- Tooth Decay Prevention
- Tooth Extractions
- Tooth Fillings
- Wisdom Teeth Removal
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