Gum Infection Therapy 

Periodontal disease, gum disease, and periodontitis are all phrases that we use to describe an infection in the gingiva (gums) and bone around your teeth. Since we rely on healthy structures to keep your tooth roots intact, it’s essential that signs of periodontitis are identified as early as possible.

Gingivitis is the earliest sign that there’s a problem. Minor redness, swelling, or mild bleeding may be common. But if not treated with daily home care and professional cleanings, that infection can spread down into your connective tissues, creating permanent structural damage.

 

Signs of Gum Disease

Some of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  •   Gum recession
  •   “Long teeth”
  •   Tooth mobility (loose tooth/movement)
  •   Sore teeth when you chew/bite
  •   Spaces between teeth
  •   Deep pockets under your gums
  •   Visible bone loss on X-rays
  •   Heavy tartar buildup
  •   Bad breath
  •   Bleeding when you brush and floss
  •   Swollen, red gums

Once each year, during your hygiene appointment, we will carefully measure the depth of the “pocket” just under the gums around each tooth. Healthy gums have a natural pocket up to 3mm deep. But deeper measurements indicate active gum detachment due to infection. 

Please keep in mind that if you smoke, vape, or use tobacco products, you may not see the same symptoms as someone who doesn’t. Your tissues could look “healthy” due to the lack of bleeding or swelling, even if disease is present.

 

The Systemic Health Risks

Tooth loss and bad breath aren’t the only problems you have to worry about if you have gum disease. Periodontitis is also closely related to a number of underlying health problems, straining your immune system, and making it more difficult to recover from infections. In fact, studies show that people with active periodontal disease are at a statistically higher risk of stroke, heart attack, irregular blood glucose levels (in diabetics), infertility, pneumonia, and pre-term labor.

Consequently, treating your oral infection can boost your immune system, helping you stabilize or recover from the above-mentioned medical conditions within just a few months. 

How can all of this happen? Because oral bacteria can spread directly into your blood supply due to the bleeding and detached tissues around your teeth.

 

Gum Infection Therapy / Deep Cleanings

Since gum disease lies deep below your gingival tissues, a different type of therapeutic cleaning is used instead of preventative “routine” cleanings. This gum infection therapy— also referred to as a scaling and root planing or deep cleaning— removes the calcified deposits inside of your pockets, so that the tissues can heal and potentially reattach to the root of your tooth. When stabilized, it prevents additional bone loss.

At Moorehead Family Dentistry, our Batavia and Blue Ash dentists also have advanced resources like soft tissue laser therapy. The Picasso oral laser is can be used in conjunction with gum infection therapy to remove diseased tissues and bacteria and jump-start the healing process. Utilizing laser therapy provides a better outcome for our patients than traditional therapies alone.

In less common situations, we may recommend gum or bone grafting to help stabilize teeth that are on the verge of mobility. But if structural damage is severe, it could be in your best interest to request tooth extractions in order to prevent the spread of disease.

 

Periodontal Maintenance

Typically, periodontitis follow-up care consists of maintenance cleanings and screenings every 3-4 months after your initial therapy. If conditions improve, our Batavia and Blue Ash dentists can spread your visits back closer to every six months. Each situation is monitored on a case-by-case basis depending on the severity of bone loss and pocket depth.

 

Don’t Ignore the Symptoms

If you have bleeding gums or chronic bad breath, it’s time to schedule an exam with our Batavia and Blue Ash dentists. Contact us today to reserve an appointment!