What is gum disease?
You may already be familiar with gingivitis – bleeding gums with redness, but little discomfort. Gingivitis is actually the first stage of periodontal disease (“gum disease”), and it’s a sign your mouth is becoming infected with harmful bacteria. If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis – a bacterial infection that leads to receding gums, bone loss, and eventually the loss of your teeth! Recent studies have also shown connections between gum disease and inflammatory diseases including Alzheimer’s, heart disease and diabetes.
Gum Disease Treatment
When you visit our office, Dr. Parham or one of our hygienists will perform a routine screening for signs of gum disease. We use a special instrument to measure the amount of bone loss you have, and we can use this information to recommend your best course of treatment. If you have mild periodontitis, we can perform Scaling and Root Planing to rid your gums of the infection and, if necessary, place an antibiotic fiber called Arestin over the infected site to promote complete healing. If you have more advanced stages of gum disease, Dr. Parham may recommend surgical therapy to cleanse the tooth roots and deep pockets beneath the gums and give your mouth a “clean slate” to begin healing.
Preventing Future Periodontal Infection
Following scaling and root planing or surgical therapy, we work closely with our patients to make sure you have proper brushing and flossing technique. The best way to prevent future infection of your mouth is (surprise!) good oral hygiene at home. Everyone needs a reminder now and then – and our hygienists are happy to work with you until you’re confident in your home care abilities.
Call Today for an Appointment!
Heading off gum disease before it becomes serious will save you time, money and discomfort in the long term. As a periodontist, Dr. Parham specializes in treating aggressive cases of gum disease and can help save your teeth.
If you have red gums or bleeding when you brush or floss, take the first step and call (706) 278-5344 to appoint for a periodontal exam.
Do you have questions about gum disease?
If you have a question for Dr. Parham about periodontal disease, we’d like to hear from you! Just submit your question and we’ll post the response on our website within 2-3 weeks for our Dental FAQ video series!