Periodontal TherapyAn Overview
Dr. Carole Thoman and Dr. Robin Thoman treat the symptoms and effects of gum disease with individualized care designed to address your unique needs. Periodontal therapy is recommended based on the stage and severity of gum disease and the existence of other factors such as a medical condition.
Gum disease remains a leading cause of tooth loss in adults today and is preventable with routine dental care at Paradox Dental. In addition to screening for the early signs of developing gum disease at regular visits, our team offers personalized oral hygiene advice for patients to help them avoid common dental concerns such as gum disease and tooth decay.
Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Recognizing the common signs of developing periodontal disease can help patients seek treatment early and successfully halt the progression with conservative measures.
- Red, swollen gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Irritated gums, increased tooth sensitivity
- Shifting of teeth, loose teeth
- Changes in the fit of the bite or dental appliances
- Receding gums
Stages of Gum Disease
Gum disease is progressive, beginning when plaque builds up on surfaces in the mouth due to poor oral hygiene, a lack of dental care or medical conditions and medications impacting gum health. Left untreated, early symptoms can lead to more complex problems and even tooth loss.
- Gingivitis: early-stage gum disease, characterized by subtle symptoms including bleeding gums and increased redness, swelling of gums or sensitivity.
- Periodontitis: advanced gum disease that is often noticeable to the patient. Symptoms include changes in the bite, loosening teeth and receding gums.
Why Is Gum Health Important?
The gums play an important role in both oral health and overall physical well-being. Healthy, stable gums support the teeth, providing the structure that stabilizes and nourishes the tooth roots. They also serve as an effective barrier between harmful bacteria in the mouth and the bloodstream. Maintaining gum health will support your long-term dental health and your best quality of life.
When gum health is compromised, it impacts the integrity of the teeth and the protection they provide from bacteria entering the bloodstream. The effects of advanced gum disease can lead to tooth shifting or loss and an increased risk of developing a cardiovascular or systemic disease related to increased internal inflammation. For patients with existing disease, especially diabetes, poor gum health can make symptoms difficult to manage.