What is Gum/Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is caused by bacteria in plaque. If not consistently removed, this bacteria builds up, infecting your teeth, gums and eventually the bone that supports your teeth, a common cause of tooth loss.
Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease has three stages of progression: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis; the longer the disease has to advance, the more damage it causes. With advancements in detection and treatment, Today's Dentistry of Jacksonville can discover periodontal disease early and begin treatment before complicated issues arise. Call our office at 904-722-2200 today to get high quality periodontal treatment near Jacksonville!
Common Signs of Gum Disease
- Red, tender, and swollen gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
- Constant bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- Gum line is receding, or gums are pulling away from teeth and forming pockets
- Changes in your bite or teeth alignment, loose teeth
The main goal of treatment is to control the infection. The number and types of treatment will vary, depending on the extent of the gum disease. Any type of treatment requires that the patient keep up good daily care at home. In addition to routine dental cleaning, Today's Dentistry of Jacksonville offers Deep Cleaning (also known as Scaling and Root Planing).
How Can I Prevent Gum Disease Before it Starts?
Simple, everyday steps can be taken to avoid gum disease growth, including:
- Brushing and flossing consistently at least twice a day
- Using an antimicrobial mouth rinse daily to help control plaque
- Scheduling regular checkups
If you are experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, please contact Today's Dentistry of Jacksonville at 904-722-2200 to schedule an appointment right away.
LANAP Gum Disease Treatment
An FDA-cleared laser treatment called LANAP (laser-assisted new attachment procedure) offers a less painful, more successful treatment alternative to conventional surgery for treatment of gum disease. This procedure, performed with a special laser on affected gums, stimulates existing stem cells to help regenerate healthy gums and bone growth. It can target the source of the inflammation without hurting or removing any healthy gum tissue, slow or stop attachment loss and decrease pocket depth, and allow the body to recover from the chronic infection without the need for scalpel or sutures.