Gum disease remains a leading cause of tooth loss among adults today, often going undetected until it has reached an advanced stage. We offer periodontal therapy to help restore the health of your teeth and gums after a gum disease.
Our Russell Street dentists emphasize the importance of maintaining healthy gums to support healthy teeth and a great smile. Poor gum health has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and can have an impact on existing systemic disease such as diabetes.
At Russell Street Dental Associates in Worcester MA, we perform a thorough periodontal screening during routine preventive care visits to look for the early warning signs of gum disease. When caught early, gum disease is typically treated successfully with conservative measures. Advanced gum disease can cause permanent damage to the gums and/or teeth which may require more complex restorative treatment to resolve.
About Gum Disease
Gum disease is the result of too much harmful bacteria on the surfaces of the teeth and gums. A lack of good oral hygiene and routine dental care play a major role in developing periodontal disease, as well as lifestyle factors and genetics. Gum disease is highly treatable when caught early and regular visits to our Worcester dentist office can play a major role in early detection and prompt treatment.
Common Signs of Gum Disease
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in the fit of dentures
If you notice any of the above signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gauthier to ensure quick, effective treatment and reduce the risk of further damage or more complex dental problems.
Treating Gum Disease
If you have early signs of gum disease, known as gingivitis, your dentist may recommend more frequent dental cleanings to restore your gums to optimal health. If more intensive treatment is needed, he may recommend deep teeth cleaning known as scaling and root planing. During this procedure, the dentist or hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from the deep pockets of the gum.
Patients who have advanced signs of gum disease may require more intense treatment or surgery. In these cases, your Russell Street dentist may help coordinate treatment with a local periodontist. Give us a call at (508) 687-6579, or request an appointment online today.