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Periodontal care in Murphy

Gum disease affects more than half of all American adults, and many are unaware of their condition

While minor cases of gum disease do not cause permanent damage and can be reversed, advanced cases cause permanent, irreversible damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw

With the proper periodontal care, such as deep cleanings from a dentist in Murphy, the damage caused by gum disease can be halted or even reversed

Drs. Jason and Jean Larsen offer expert periodontal care in a judgment-free setting, allowing you to get the treatment you need

What Are the Different Stages of Gum Disease?

Gum disease is commonly broken down into three different stages. The first, and least serious stage of gum disease is called “gingivitis.” Gingivitis does not cause any permanent damage to your teeth, gums, or jaw bone. If you get treatment and maintain good oral hygiene, its effects can be completely reversed. Common signs of gingivitis include swollen and inflamed gums, gum discoloration, bleeding when brushing, and halitosis (bad breath).

If you do not get treatment for gingivitis from your Murphy dentist, it may progress into gum disease, also sometimes called “periodontitis.” In this stage of the disease, permanent damage has been done to your gums and the roots of your teeth, but you can still save your teeth and halt the progression of the disease with proper care. Some common signs of this stage of gum disease include gum recession, a change in how your teeth fit together, and gums that may bleed, even when you’re not brushing or flossing.

The final stage of gum disease is usually called periodontal disease, or “advanced periodontitis.” Most of the damage caused by this stage of gum disease cannot be reversed. You may experience symptoms like loose teeth, or your teeth may even fall out. Other common symptoms include pus between your teeth, a bad taste in your mouth, and serious pain or discomfort when chewing. In most cases, the best way to treat this stage of gum disease is to extract all of your remaining teeth, and replace them with full-arch dentures.

How Can You Treat Gum Disease?

Scaling and root planing, also called a “deep cleaning” involves scraping plaque, tartar and bacteria away from your gums and the roots of your teeth, and is the best way to treat most minor-to-moderate cases of gum disease.
 
We also offer soft tissue laser treatment at our Murphy dental office. Using lasers, infected tissue can be removed from the roots of your teeth. This process is minimally-invasive, and highly effective at removing bacteria and infected tissue.

What Are the Risks if I Don’t Get Gum Disease Treatment?

Veneers require very little special care. You should brush and floss your veneers just like you would brush your natural teeth, to prevent tooth decay and gum disease from affecting your smile, and you should also see Parkside Dental every six months for an oral exam and t
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Beyond this, you should make sure that you wear a mouthguard whenever you play a contact sport. If you grind your teeth, you should also have a night guard made to prevent you from grinding your veneers, as this can cause cracks and damage. 

Finally, you should avoid doing things that could damage your veneers, like biting extremely hard foods (ice, nuts, etc.) with your front teeth. You also should not chew non-food objects, like your fingernails, or use your teeth as tools to help you open bags or packages.

How Does Laser Therapy For Gum Disease Work? 

The traditional method for treating gum disease is known as a deep cleaning. It involves scaling (removing plaque and tartar buildup from below the gum line) and root planing (smoothing out the tooth’s roots for easier gum reattachment). 

However, laser therapy also enables us to identify and kill the infection in the soft tissue as well as eliminate bacteria from the gum pockets. Lasers are highly precise tools that replace scalpels, reduce bleeding and inflammation, and result in faster healing. 

They may be used in conjunction with other traditional gum disease treatments at our Murphy dental practice. There are also no sutures required because the laser causes no damage to healthy soft tissue and this results in a reduced need for anesthetic.

Can Gum Disease Be Reversed? 

This depends on how early you detect it and what stage of gum disease you have. The earliest stage, gingivitis, is considered reversible. At this point, you will not have any irreversible bone or soft tissue damage.

If your family dentist in Murphy detects gingivitis, a routine dental cleaning and good oral hygiene practices may be enough to cure it.Unfortunately, the symptoms of gingivitis are mild so many times they go unnoticed until it’s developed into periodontitis. gingivitis symptoms include red, swollen, tender, and bleeding gums.

If left untreated, it develops into periodontitis which is a more severe stage of gum disease and causes irreversible bone destruction and soft tissue damage. Your gums will begin to pull away from the tooth’s roots due to gum recession. Over time, your teeth will begin to feel loose and may even fall out. This is why early detection and monitoring of symptoms are so crucial. 

Gum disease can be treated with deep cleanings but if you have an advanced stage, you may require surgical intervention. With periodontitis, we can control the infection, but the soft tissue and bone damage are permanent. You may need gum or bone grafts to replace and regenerate these tissues.

How To Prevent Future Periodontal Disease

Preventing periodontal disease is as easy as looking after your oral hygiene. That’s really all it’s about! Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque. When that plaque hardens, it turns into tartar and causes inflammation, leading to infection. 

Plaque is bacteria that develops when there are left-behind food particles, as it feeds off of these sugars and converts them into acids. You can avoid this by brushing your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes with fluoride toothpaste. Always brush your tongue at the end and floss once a day between all of your teeth. You should go to regular dental cleanings and checkups in Murphy or Wylie every 6 months to remove plaque buildup and look for early warning signs of oral health problems.

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