Gum disease is an extremely prevalent dental condition and is a mild form of periodontal disease. It can be treated painlessly and non-surgically as long as it is diagnosed early. Contact Dr. Marichia Attalla
for a free consultation. She has the equipment and knowledge to catch gum disease right away and treat it quickly and effectively before it gets out of hand.What Is Gum Disease?
Over half of adults in America suffer from some degree of periodontal disease. The earliest stage of periodontal disease is gum disease, which is also commonly referred to as gingivitis
. It typically results in the mild inflammation and irritation of the gums. It may also cause some minor bleeding around the teeth, which usually occurs during brushing.
Gum disease is caused first by the accumulation of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is caused by bacteria, particles and the natural mucus that exist in your mouth. It tends to build up around the base of the teeth at the gum line, and this build-up is taking place at all times of the day. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly helps to get rid of it.
When plaque isn't effectively removed, it turns into tartar. Tartar can't be removed with normal brushing at home, and it leads to the formation of holes and gaps near the teeth. These holes are called pockets.
The pockets create perfect little environments for your mouth bacteria to then accumulate, which can lead to infection. This infection that develops is gum disease, which can eventually evolve into periodontitis.
More often than not, gum disease will go ignored because the symptoms are so mild. The symptoms may even come and go. Most people that have this condition don't even realize that they have it or that it can turn into something much more serious. A surprising number of patients let gum disease go untreated when it is easily dealt with and easily prevented.Why Is It Important To Treat Gum Disease?
If you ignore gum disease for too long, it eventually evolves into periodontitis, which is a much more advanced form of periodontal disease
. Periodontitis causes more severe gum pain, more severe bleeding, and eventually the loosening of teeth and then even the loss of teeth. It sometimes may also present itself as sensitivity, tooth pain when chewing, bad breath, receding gums
and gum redness. As your body attempts to fight the infection in the gums it wears away at the connective tissues that hold the teeth in place, which actually loosens the teeth.
More severe periodontal disease cannot be treated using the non-surgical approaches used for basic gum disease. Sometimes the damage can only be repaired using surgery, which can be much more costly. Sometimes the damage caused to the gums, teeth and bone is too severe to be repaired at all. If continually left untreated, bone loss can occur along with potentially having to have teeth removed
. Loose teeth will eventually fall out on their own. The loss of teeth will take a toll on your quality of life, affecting how you speak as well as your digestion and your appearance.The Gum Disease Treatment Process
Gum disease treatment in Nassau County is typically a deep cleaning
. This is a non-surgical and pain-free approach. First, the condition needs to be diagnosed and the severity of the condition needs to be assessed. During the evaluation process, Dr. Attalla looks over your teeth and gums and also asks questions about your lifestyle. A number of different lifestyle factors increase the risk and the severity of gum disease, such as whether or not you are a smoker.
There are 6 measurement taken around each tooth in your mouth, usually in millimeters, and are referred to as "the pockets." These pockets are measured during the assessment. The depth of the pockets often correlates with the severity of the periodontal disease. Measurement is painless and involves a tiny ruler that is inserted into the gap. The extent of the deep cleaning treatment is determined by how advanced the case of gum disease is. The treatment approach is customized to you and your unique needs as well as the conditions present in your mouth.
The two non-surgical procedures are scaling and root-planing. Scaling is the process of scraping tartar off of the teeth, both above and below the gum line. This will help to relieve most of the irritation of gum disease. Root-planing smooths rough areas on the teeth. Rough patches give bacteria places to build up and gather. Smoothing out these areas will prevent future gum disease.Recovery Time
Like any dental cleaning procedure, scaling and root-planing is relatively painless and very fast. No recovery time is required and you can go home right away following both of the procedures. Choosing to ignore the symptoms of gum disease and not getting treatment early is likely to cause you significantly more pain as well as a longer period of recovery.
After your deep cleaning, it is recommended that you alternate hygiene visits with your periodontist and your regular dentist to keep the condition in check. It is also important that you employ daily hygiene techniques at home as well. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss your teeth regularly. Fighting gum disease is an ongoing battle because there will always be bacteria in your mouth, which can always potentially lead to infection.Get a Free Consultation Today
Dr. Attalla provides free consultations for gum disease treatment in Nassau County. Early detection as well as a comprehensive treatment plan are the keys to avoiding more severe periodontal disease. Dr. Attalla offers financing options to those that qualify. The office takes care of all of your insurance paperwork and almost all insurance programs are accepted. Don't hesitate to contact Dr. Marichia Attalla
and make an appointment today to determine if a non-surgical approach is right for you.