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Periodontal / Gum Disease Treatment

Periodontal / Gum Disease Treatment

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is caused by bacteria in plaque.  If not consistently removed this bacteria builds up and will infect your teeth, gums, and eventually the bone that supports your teeth - a common cause of tooth loss.  This disease has three stages of progression: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis; the longer the disease has to advance, the more damage it causes. With advancements in detection and treatment we can discover periodontal disease early and begin treatment before complicated issues arise.

Gum Disease Signs

Common signs of Gum Disease

  • Red, tender, and swollen gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
  • Constant bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • Gum line receding , or gums are pulling away from teeth and forming pockets
  • Changes in your bite or teeth alignment, loose teeth

Gum Disease Treatment Process

  • We provide a comprehensive cleaning to remove built up plaque and calculus (tartar).
  • For more advanced conditions, scaling and deep root planing are effective treatments we provide.  These procedures also involve cleaning but deeper into areas above and below the gum line.  A local anesthetic is often administered as well.
  • We also utilize an FDA-approved antibiotic called Arestin.  The Arestin therapy is quick, comfortable, and once applied, antibiotics are released into your gums for up to 21 days.

How Can I Prevent Gum Disease Before it Starts?

Simple everyday steps can also be taken to avoid gum disease:

  • Brushing and flossing consistently at least twice a day
  • Using an antimicrobial mouth rinse daily to help control plaque
  • Scheduling regular checkups

If you are experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, it’s essential that you begin treatment.  Besides tooth loss, studies have linked untreated periodontal disease to the development of severe health issues such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes and pre-term low birth-weight babies.  If you think you may have gum disease, please contact your Albuquerque dentist, Dr. Luerding, to schedule an appointment right away.