If you fall behind on your oral hygiene, you will eventually experience the consequences of neglect. These range from minor to moderate to serious, with one of the most damaging being periodontal disease. Gum disease targets the tissues and bones that support your teeth. If it is not treated, you may fall prey to gum recession, tooth decay, and even tooth loss.
Dr. Raminder Singh on Signs of Periodontal Disease
Countless patients have the beginnings of periodontal disease but don’t realize it. Because it is painless in the early stages, it can be tough to self-diagnose. Watch for the following to know when to schedule a dental appointment:
- Red gums
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose-feeling teeth
- Spaces forming between teeth
- Tender gums
- Receding gum line
- Sudden bad breath
- Pus or other fluids around the teeth and gums
Your gums begin to ail when plaque is allowed to build up at the gum line. Taking action to remove that plaque will help stop disease before it becomes serious. Acting early on will not only preserve your gums and smile, but can also help prevent systemic problems. Research shows that gum disease may be linked to stoke, diabetes, heart disease, and complications during pregnancy.
- Gingivitis – When your gums are first irritated by excess plaque, they become red and inflamed. Gingivitis itself is much more treatable than periodontal disease. If it is allowed to persist, gingivitis will descend below the gum line.
- Periodontitis – When the gum tissues become infected, the body tries to fight the disease. The chronic inflammatory response causes bone and soft tissue to be destroyed. Your smile will change, and you will lose tooth, gum tissue, and bone. Bacteria-filled pockets will begin to form between your teeth and gums.
- Advanced periodontitis – By this stage, the hard and soft tissues supporting your teeth have been destroyed. Your teeth will loosen and shift, and may need to be removed.
Periodontal Treatment in Ithaca
Your periodontal treatment will correspond with your level of gum disease. Both surgical and nonsurgical, periodontal treatments aim to remove infected tissue, restart healthy cell growth in the area, and repair the damage done by disease. Your periodontal treatment may involve:
- Ongoing deep cleanings
- Scaling and root planing
- Tissue regeneration
- Pocket reduction surgery
- Dental implants
- Gum grafts
- Antibiotic treatment
A New Kind of Gum Surgery: The Pinhole® Surgical Technique
The ramifications of gum disease can be significant. If you experience gum recession after disease, it’s important to rebuild your gum line. Not only will you face sensitivity from exposed tooth roots, the missing gum tissue will change the appearance of your smile. If you had severe periodontal disease, your teeth may also feel loose or unsupported.
Gum grafting was once the primary way to rebuild the gum line. Today, there’s a new and revolutionary technique that allows Dr. Singh to restore your gums without grafting or more invasive measures. The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is scalpel-free and suture-free. It corrects gum recession without requiring gum grafts. Instead, a small hole is made in the gums with a needle. Special instruments then gently loosen the gum tissue beneath and carefully pull it over the exposed area of the tooth.
Patients love this procedure because there are no cuts in the gum line and no stitches. There is minimal downtime involved, with little discomfort, swelling, or bleeding. And patients also take advantage of a near-instant aesthetic improvement with this procedure.
If your gums seem to be changing, it’s wise to get in touch. Catching disease in its earliest stages gives us a better chance of controlling it.