Gum Disease Treatment
At Hickory’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 does 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, Hickory dentists Drs. Thayer Bouali, Joti Johal, and Richard Dunning offers a variety of periodontal therapy treatments that address gum disease at its various stages. Periodontal therapy begins with a consultation and exam, so Drs. Bouali, Johal, and Dunning can determine the stage of the disease and develop a treatment plan. Treatments may include:
- Professional dental cleaning: Drs. Bouali, 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, 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 (828) 270-3007 to set up a consultation at our Hickory, NC dental office today.
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I am so thankful to Dr. Johal and her professional staff. She was able to care for me knowing that financially I would take a long time to come through and when other dentists would not want to bother, since I had just been through chemo treatment. Thank you so much Dr. Joti!
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I would like to give a shout out for Fresh Dental Hickory , I had a great experience , not knowing what I was gonna face. My Hygienist ( Shannon) Done a teeth cleaning ,she was gentle ,and also in the areas I had a sensitive tooth. Shannons ,work and her personality is great. Also Shari the Dental Assistant that worked with Dr. Joti Johal was both great !!!!I had X-rays and a filling filled.. They explain everything to you before doing anything. I recommend fresh dental Hickory , to anyone including someone never been to a dentist and is scared. Even to the office ( April ) she’s great... Thank all of you for a good experience.. Lisa.
Dental Services Offered at Hickory 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