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Getting Through Gum Disease In Clearwater

Getting Through Gum Disease In Clearwater

Getting Through Gum Disease In Clearwater

Welcome to another March edition of the Clearwater Dental Associates blog!

We are your trusted source for comprehensive dentistry solutions in the Clearwater area, and we are the folks who can help get you back on the good road following an episode of gum disease. That’s just part of our restorative dentistry treatment program.

Gum disease starts out as gingivitis, which can create discomfort, but isn’t too bad, really, and in this stage, it can be easily contained and reversed. Puffy gums, excessive bleeding when brushing, and sensitivity at the gum line are all signs of gingivitis. Treatment for gingivitis is usually simple and can even be completed with a routine professional cleaning every 3-6 months.

However, by the time this condition progresses to periodontal disease, you could have teeth fall out of your face, and it might negatively impact your overall health, once the bacteria that causes gum disease gets into your bloodstream. Gum disease has been linked to heart and respiratory problems, as well as cancer. It won’t be good, if it ever comes to that. But, again, that’s why we’re here: to help you get through gum disease.

We have some effective treatments that will vary according to your unique situation.

Scaling and Root Planing Can Set You Straight

As we said, we will need to look at your individual case before any treatment plan can be implemented. Still, scaling and root planing are normally the initial exercises we do for treating cases of gum disease.

Often called a deep cleaning, scaling and root planing reach way below your gum line to eradicate any buildup of plaque and tartar on the roots of your teeth.

Remember, it is this dangerous bacteria found in plaque that caused the infection and inflammation to begin with. As such, it will all have to go!

Don’t worry, we will make this a pleasant and pain-free experience, as much as possible. After we have applied a local anesthetic, will we perform a full cleaning that covers above and below the gum line.

This will help to control the infection and get you back in good shape.

Periodontal Therapy Goes Further

If further action is necessitated, such as in advanced cases of periodontal disease. It may be necessary to remove part of the gum tissue that is severely infected.

It isn’t ideal, but it will allow us to save your teeth and other soft tissues while preventing the spread of gum disease.

When needed, we can provide gum surgery to reduce your periodontal pockets, as well as gum grafting.

With pocket reduction surgery, our objective is to reduce periodontal pockets, which are a loosening of your gums as a result of periodontal disease.

As part of this treatment, we will intensely clean, treat, and then allow for healing over the course of several weeks.

Don’t Put Off Your Treatment Any Longer!

If you think that you may have gingivitis or a more advanced periodontal disease, don’t put off your periodontal treatment.

Call our Clearwater, FL office today to set up your consultation at 727-373-6628!