Gum Disease Treatment
Nearly half of all Americans over the age of 30 have gum disease, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control. Most people don’t even know they have it; others know something is wrong with their gum health, but they aren’t receiving treatment for it.
The problem with gum disease is that without treatment, it won’t go away.
If left untreated, gum disease can have a negative impact on the health of your entire body. People with gum disease are at a higher risk for all kinds of dangerous diseases, including heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. Pregnant women with gum disease are at risk of delivering prematurely.
Treatment is available for gum disease, and it is particularly useful in the early stages. That’s why it’s so important to see your dentist regularly; often your dentist is the one to identify gum disease because it is often present with no symptoms.
Regardless of how far it has progressed, it is crucial that you receive treatment for gum disease immediately. Make an appointment with Dr. Kevin Sambuchino at Lake Erie Dental today!
Signs of Gum Disease
Although gum disease doesn’t always have symptoms to tell patients they have it, the following could indicate something is amiss with your gum health:
- Bleeding gums—especially after brushing and flossing your teeth
- Swollen gums that are tender to the touch
- Persistent bad breath, despite regular brushing
More advanced stages of the disease might include the following, more severe symptoms:
- Pus along the gum line
- Teeth that are starting to get loose or move
- Teeth that look longer than normal because the gums are pulling away
All of these signs mean you need to get to your dentist immediately for a deep cleaning as well as an assessment as to how far the disease has progressed. Failure to obtain treatment puts you at risk of losing your teeth—as well as your good physical health.
Laser Therapy for Gum Disease
High-speed CO2 Laser periodontal treatment is the latest and most advanced treatment of periodontal disease available. Dr. Sambuchino is one of the first 50 dentists in North America to offer these treatments to his patients. Fear of periodontal disease treatment is now a thing of the past. Laser treatment has numerous advantages over traditional methods of gum disease treatment that require a scalpel and sutures:
- Comfort because there is reduced or not bleeding, minimal swelling
- Reduced risk of infection because the high-energy light beam from the laser acts as a sterilizer
- Limited need for anesthesia because laser dentistry is virtually painless
Initial treatment involves scaling and the use of small instruments to remove the tartar. Then the laser portion of the treatment is performed and normally only takes a few minutes. Depending on the severity of the patient’s periodontal disease, treatment may be accomplished in one office visit or in multiple visits. The estimated treatment time will be discussed when we talk about your treatment plan=.
When Gum Recession Has Occurred
Gum recession is a common condition that affects many people before they even realize they have a problem. One of the first things patients may notice is sensitivity along with an elongated look to affected teeth. In some cases, the recession may allow bacteria to begin to eat away at the exposed roots of the teeth, which can cause them to become loose or fall out.
Unfortunately, the condition can be caused by many factors, including gum disease, genetics, brushing too hard, and grinding of the teeth.
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is one of the most advanced, beneficial ways patients can choose to overcome their receding gums. The procedure is minimally invasive, results in little bleeding, and can be performed in a short amount of time, yet it is still highly effective.
Because there is no cutting or suturing involved, the patients can experience immediate results and return to their regular routines in just a few minutes. This is in direct contrast to traditional gum recession treatment methods, which usually require painful gum grafting with extensive healing time that can be very painful.
If you have gum disease in Erie, PA, turn to Dr. Sambuchino of Lake Erie Dental for treatment. Call us today!