Periodontal disease is a progressive bacterial infection of the gums. Bacteria multiply, spread and being to form deep pockets in the gumline causing the gum tissue to swell and pull away from the teeth. Gum disease causes a chain reaction of secondary health and oral health issues that can begin to take a toll on a person’s overall well being.
Routine dental checkups can help prevent the spread of periodontal disease. They also provide the opportunity for Dr. Overholtzer and our team to look for oral signs of larger health concerns that can impact the health of the gums. In the earliest stages, gum disease is known as gingivitis. During this stage, gum disease can be manageable and eliminated with more frequent teeth cleanings and improved at home oral hygiene. Dr. Overholtzer offers personalized treatment plans that are designed to control disease-causing bacteria and to restore damage caused by the progression of gum disease.
THE IMPORTANCE OF TREATING GUM DISEASE
In addition to being a leading cause of tooth loss, gum disease has been linked to an increase in systemic disease. Patients with gum disease are more likely to have diabetes, be obese, and to have high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease. It is important to treat gum disease before it spreads to the bloodstream to prevent increased health risks.
Patients who have gum disease may experience these common symptoms:
- Bleeding gums
- Tender, swollen gums
- Receding gum line
- Change in the fit of an oral appliance
- Loosening of teeth
If you notice any symptoms of gum disease contact your Bishop, CA dentist right away to schedule a periodontal screening. Dr. Overholtzer provides visual screening for gum disease at every routine dental exam.
PERIODONTAL THERAPY: WHAT TO EXPECT
Treatment for gum disease will vary depending on the stage of the disease and the secondary dental concerns it may have caused. Dr. Overholtzer will thoroughly examine your overall oral health to help you build a treatment plan that will restore your oral health. He also works with you to manage oral symptoms that can impact gum health such as dry mouth, often the result of medications being taken for other health issues.
Patients with advanced gum disease known as periodontitis often have tooth loss, gum recession, and even bone loss. Dr. Overholtzer may recommend the use of dental implants, laser therapy or other restorative treatments to rebuild a stable, healthy bite. Skyline Family Dentistry provides patients with full-service implants and gum contouring all under one roof, eliminating the need for additional specialists.