Treating Gum Disease with our Brentwood Dentist
Your regular dentist may have referred you to a periodontist who specializes in treating gum disease. During the first visit, the periodontist will perform a thorough gum examination to check for receding gum lines, loose teeth and incorrect bite. Most periodontists will use a specialized instrument probe to take measurements of the gums and spaces between teeth. He or she is looking for problems indicated by the depth of those spaces, otherwise known as periodontal pockets. X-rays might also be done to look at the bone below the gum line or to examine the jaw structure.
The periodontist is looking for inflammation that might indicate a condition known as gingivitis or gum disease. This type of inflammation affects both the soft and hard gum tissues and can even begin to affect the underlying bone.
What is Gum Disease?
If your gums are red, swollen, tender, or bleeding, it’s a classic sign of gum inflammation. This type of inflammation starts out as gingivitis, but left unchecked and untreated, leads to a severe advanced form called periodontal disease. Keep in mind that its gum disease, not cavities that is the main cause of tooth loss.
Early-stage gingivitis can be cured and the best way is to get regular dental cleanings. Better oral hygiene at home is also key. Teeth are literally under assault from sugar, and our busy lifestyles and many people don’t take the time for proper oral hygiene—brushing, flossing, rinsing and regular dental visits.
Periodontal issues arise when gum disease is left untreated because it affects the underlying bone, which in time cannot support the tooth. There’s a reason why dentists say “Pick out the teeth you want to keep and floss them!”
If your teeth are starting to shift positions or you’re noticing spaces or gaps between teeth, you definitely have a gum disease issue. Dentists call gum disease a silent killer because you can’t see it and it can easily progress to an advanced stage without you even knowing it.
Periodontists urge smokers to quit because smoking drastically increases your risk for gum disease; you’ll have to temporarily quit if you’re having any surgical procedure because it impacts the healing process.
Contact Our Brentwood Dentist for Gum Disease Treatment Today
At Cool Springs Laser Dentistry, Dr. Rice will provide a thorough gum examination. You will leave the first visit with a treatment plan, appointments for follow-up visits and an at-home care regimen. We like to see patients back every six months—just like your regular dentist—but more serious cases might require monitoring every three months.
Dr. Rice offers cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry services to enhance the natural beauty of your smile. Give us a call at (615) 649-0556.