Periodontal Care in Raleigh

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the gums that occurs when plaque and tartar build up in the mouth. This plaque and tartar buildup leads to inflammation of the gums as well as the destruction of the soft tissue and bone, leading to gum pockets that trap infection-causing bacteria. Receiving professional periodontal care from Smileplicity Dentistry as soon as possible is critical to your oral health. Contact our dental office in Raleigh today to get started.

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Is Gum Disease Reversible?

Only the earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis, is reversible.
However, if gingivitis is left untreated, it will develop into periodontitis, which causes irreversible bone loss and soft tissue destruction.
When gum disease becomes severe, it can lead to tooth loss.

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

The early stage of gum disease (gingivitis) presents with mild symptoms that are easy to glance over. These symptoms include gums that are red, swollen, bleeding, tender, and are beginning to recede. At this point, it is important to get treatment in Raleigh.

The signs of periodontitis include pain when chewing, tender & bleeding gums, tooth sensitivity, loose teeth, gum recession, changes in your bite, bad breath, or a bad taste in the mouth. We can also diagnose gum disease based on gum pocket depths. 

A gum pocket depth of 1-3mm is considered normal. However, gum pocket depths that exceed 3mm indicate gingivitis, and depths greater than 4mm indicate periodontitis. If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, contact us at Smileplicity Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Daiana Atari.

Periodontal Treatments We Offer in Raleigh

Prophylactic Cleaning
Almost half of all people will have gingivitis at some point in their life. However, this early stage of gum disease can be reversed with a prophylactic cleaning, also known as a traditional dental cleaning, in some cases.

During this cleaning, we remove plaque and tartar buildup with a scaler. As long as you continue to practice good oral hygiene at home and return for regular cleanings and checkups, the gingivitis should clear up.

Scaling & Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
Deep cleaning is a professional cleaning that combines scaling with root planing. The scaling is similar to the scaling that is performed during a traditional dental cleaning, where we remove the buildup of plaque and tartar from around the gum line. 

However, in a normal dental cleaning, this buildup is only removed from above the gumline. In a deep cleaning, we thoroughly clean over and under the gum line, all the way down to the root. 

Then, we will smooth out the roots of your teeth to further remove bacteria, smooth out rough surfaces, and prime the gums for reattachment. Deep cleaning is used to treat gingivitis and minor to moderate periodontitis.

Gum Grafting
In advanced-stage gum disease, you will likely need oral surgery such as gum grafts. Once gum disease has been left untreated for long enough, it leads to worsening bone loss and soft tissue destruction, causing your gums to recede and your teeth to become loose. 

A gum graft can restore the health of your gums by taking a graft of soft tissue from elsewhere in the mouth and using it to replace the receded gums. 

Why Is Periodontal Care Important for Overall Health?

Your oral health plays a large role in your overall health because they are directly connected. When bacteria and infection are present in the mouth, this leaves a doorway for bacteria to enter the rest of your body. 

When tooth and gum infections are left untreated, they can enter your bloodstream and cause serious health problems. By taking care of your gums, you reduce your risk of developing gum disease. 

Gum disease can cause tooth loss and is also associated with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, heart attack, pregnancy complications, dementia, and rheumatoid arthritis. By properly brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day, you can reduce your risk of developing these serious health problems.

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