About four out of every five adults in the United States will deal with gum disease at some point in their lives. Gum disease is what we consider to be an epidemic! It is especially concerning because it is practically symptom-free in the early stages — meaning that most patients don’t know they have an infection until our Peabody, MA dental team catches it during a routine dental exam, or until it is advanced enough to cause major periodontal issues.
Gum disease is the number one cause for lost adult teeth. We see patients all the time who have lost their teeth due to a gum disease infection, and we want to make sure you are never in that same predicament! By learning to identify gum disease and knowing your options for treatment and prevention, you can empower yourself to avoid major periodontal problems and ensure a happy, healthy smile for life!
Identifying Gum Disease
Gum disease is difficult to identify in the early stages because there are very few recognizable symptoms. Many times, you won’t be able to tell that you even have it! We often notice the infection when you come into the office for your routine dental cleanings and dental exams — one of the many reasons it is so important for you to maintain a regular dental cleaning and exam schedule!
Once the gum disease has progressed, it will often manifest in a variety of symptoms. Please contact our Peabody, MA dental office for an examination right away if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- red, swollen gums
- gums that bleed when you brush or floss
- tender gums
- bad breath
- loose or shifting teeth
The only way to know for sure that you have a gum disease infection is to come into the Peabody, MA dental office for a thorough dental exam. We can take a quick look and know exactly what we are dealing with so that you can get the care you need right away!
Treating Gum Disease
The progression of your infection will determine how we treat your gum disease. If your infection is just beginning, a standard dental cleaning is usually all it takes to remove the harmful bacteria from your gums. However, as the infection grows, we need to be more aggressive.
When a gum disease infection progresses deep into your gums, we turn to a process called scaling and root planing (SRP). During an SRP procedure, we will use special instruments to clean deep below the gumline to remove bacteria and plaque buildup. We will also smooth the surfaces of your tooth roots so that bacteria is less able to cling to them.
Once the dental cleaning is complete, we will turn to Arestin — an antibiotic gel that we can place directly on your gums. We can also use a dental laser to thoroughly sterilize the pockets of your gums to ensure that the infection is completely gone!
In cases of extreme gum diseases infection, we might need to rely on things like tissue grafting, gingivectomies, and bone grafts to restore your smile’s health and function.
Dr. John Argeros holds a Mastership at International Congress of Oral Implantology, he is also a member of American Academy of Implant Dentistry and Academy of Osseointegration, his education and the organizations he is involved with made him a professional in dentistry and dental implants.
Like many dental issues, the key to avoiding gum disease is to prevent problems before they begin. If you are ready to schedule an appointment, please call us at 978-278-1760 or send us a message using our online form. We will be happy to help you get the care you need right away.