Periodontal (gum) disease is second only to tooth decay when it comes to common oral health conditions. This disease can dramatically impact your oral and overall health without proper treatment with a skilled dental professional. When caught early and treated adequately, patients struggling with gum disease can fully recover their optimal level of oral health. At Green Mountain Dental, we’re happy to provide periodontal screenings to ensure early diagnosis and a wide range of gum disease treatments to keep your smile whole and healthy for a lifetime. If you’re in need of gum disease therapy, call our South Burlington dental office to schedule a gum health screening and treatment consultation with us right away.
Gum disease is an oral health condition that occurs when plaque and tartar buildup at the gum line irritates soft tissue. In the early stages, referred to as gingivitis, gum disease has mild symptoms that are often overlooked if not diagnosed by a professional. When gum disease is left untreated, it reaches the more advanced stage of the disease called periodontitis. In this form, gum disease has serious adverse effects on oral and overall health that are noticeable even to the untrained eye, but by staying up to date with your six month dental checkups, you should be able to prevent gum disease from ever reaching this stage.
During your dental exam and professional teeth cleaning appointments, we’ll screen for the early warning signs of gum disease. In addition to visiting our dental office in South Burlington twice a year for professional teeth cleanings, you should let our team know right away if you notice any of these common warning signs of gum disease:
Gum disease treatment will depend in large part on the stage of your condition. In the earliest stages, more frequent professional cleanings may be enough to improve and restore oral health. In the advanced stages, we may need to provide more advanced cleaning procedures called scaling and root planing. Scaling is the systematic removal of plaque and tartar and damaged tissue around the gums. Root planing is the smoothing of tooth roots to avoid further buildup of plaque and tartar. We utilize the latest in soft tissue laser technology to perform these procedures with minimal discomfort and bleeding and faster healing time with less risk of infection. Additionally, we may recommend oral and or topical antibiotics to reduce the numbers of oral bacteria. These bacteria breakdown nutrients in the foods and drinks you consume and produce sticky, acidic plaque that accumulates leading to gum disease. For this reason, targeted reduction in the amount of bacteria can improve oral health for many gum disease sufferers.