Gum disease is often referred to as periodontal disease. It is a common oral condition that can lead to tooth loss and other general health problems when not treated on time. Proper oral hygiene practices and regular professional cleanings are the first lines of treatment against gum issues. During your routine oral exams, our experienced dental professionals will have the opportunity to check for initial symptoms of gum disease. If the problems are identified early, we offer prompt treatment before the condition can progress. At Premier Dental Group HI, we provide many effective gum disease treatments to help you maintain your oral health and healthy smile.
Plaque accumulation along the gumline is most often the reason for gum disease. These accumulations can reach below the gum line, creating deep pockets between the soft tissue and the teeth. As the infection spreads, the symptoms of gum disease can become more severe. Other causes include hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies, diabetes, tobacco use, and stress. While gum disease can affect your dental health immediately, the condition may also pose risks to your overall general health.
There is a wide range of symptoms associated with gum disease. They include:
When left untreated, gum disease has also been linked to several health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Hence, managing the disease is vital for protecting your overall health.
Scaling and root planing are techniques of gum care that can effectively remove plaque and hardened plaque. In the scaling procedure, the teeth and deep pockets along the gum line are meticulously cleaned. Root planing can decrease the size of these pockets and boost the healthy gum tissue to reattach to the teeth. For patients with more severe bacterial infections, relevant antibiotics may also be used during treatment.
Modern dental technology has changed the way dentists can treat gum disease. In most cases, lasers are used instead of scalpels, improving the efficiency of procedures and patient safety and comfort. These lasers target the diseased gum tissue without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue. After all plaque and tartar buildup has been eliminated, a laser is employed to seal and sterilize the gums and teeth, reducing the risk of future infection and assisting the body’s natural healing process.
For more information about gum disease treatments, visit one of our Premier Dental Group HI offices in the Hawaiian Islands.