August 26, 2015

Gum Disease – What You Should Know

At Dentistry of Newburyport, we treat many patients who are suffering from gum disease. As a 01950 cosmetic dentist, we understand that your gums play an important role in the health of your mouth and the appearance of your smile. By cleaning your teeth regularly and removing plaque and tartar, we can help to prevent the condition from developing. However, if plaque is allowed to become trapped under your gums, it will begin to cause irritation, and your gum tissue will become inflamed, swollen, and may bleed when you brush teeth, and then eventually start to recede. At this stage, it is critical you call us to discuss gum therapy treatment options. We may start with a deep scaling and root planning procedure. Since plaque and tartar buildup is what causes gum disease, removing it is the first step in treating the condition. A deep scaling and root planning procedure is where we lift up the gum tissue to scrape off the plaque and tartar before smoothing out your roots. This combined with a course of antibiotics can work to remove any infection so your gums can begin to heal themselves. If we catch the condition early enough, we can prevent your gums from receding and you needing gum recession therapy. This is the best case scenario since once your gums begin to recede, you are at an increased risk of infection, bone loss, and even tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss across the United States.

We do offer a variety of periodontics services, so even if your gums do recede, we can help by completing a gum grafting treatment to restore your missing gum tissue. As a provider of surgical dentistry, we can complete this procedure in a way that is effective while ensuring your total comfort.

If you live in Newburyport, MA, call (978) 703-0133 to schedule an appointment for preventative dental care. Visiting our dental office is the best way to prevent gum disease and the need for gum therapy. It can also prevent the other negatives of gum disease, which include an increased risk for getting infections and needing a root canal treatment, tooth extraction, dental fillings, and dental crowns. As a provider of periodontics and restorative dentistry, we can provide you with the comprehensive dental care you need to treat all aspects of gum disease.

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