Periodontal Therapy Greensboro NC
Do your gums bleed when you brush? Does it appear that your gums are inflamed or pulling away from your teeth? These symptoms – even if they’re not accompanied by any pain – could be a sign of periodontitis, also known as gum disease. Periodontal disease can have enormous effects on your oral and overall health. As with all conditions, early detection and treatment by Dr. Farless and your dental team are the keys to returning you on a path to optimal oral health.
Periodontal Therapy in Greensboro NC
What is Periodontal Disease? Is it the same as Gingivitis?
Gingivitis merely refers to the inflammation of your gums, typically due to the build-up of plaque. However, with gingivitis your teeth are not loose, and the sockets are not infected. Nevertheless, gingivitis that is left untreated often leads to periodontal disease, when those more serious symptoms can occur. Due to the inflammation and infection, your gums and bone can begin to pull away from your teeth. This leaves deepening pockets that collect debris, resulting in infection. This exacerbates the problem, eventually threatening the health of the tooth as a whole. Periodontal disease can lead to loose teeth, pus around the teeth, and even cause teeth to fall out.
Inflammation of the gums doesn’t necessarily mean periodontal disease yet, but it’s a sign that greater care of the teeth and gums is needed to prevent your condition from worsening. It’s also important to remember that many of these symptoms and signs are painless. Just because you don’t feel any pain or irritation doesn’t mean you aren’t already suffering from periodontal disease. Early detection is key to a successful diagnosis and effective treatment. If you see any of these warning signs, talk to Dr. Farless and his team.
Is there a connection between periodontal disease and heart health?
Much research has shown connections between oral health and overall health. Specifically, some studies argue that the inflammation and infection associated with periodontal disease can put you at greater risk for heart disease and stroke. Whether or not there is a direct connection between plaque on your teeth and plaque in your arteries, it’s important to recognize the role your oral health can play in the health of your entire body.
Can periodontitis be cured?
If you suspect you may be suffering from periodontal disease, call Dr. Farless for an evaluation. Your dental team will review your medical history and check your teeth and gums for signs of inflammation. If your gums have receded, a small probe will be used to measure depth. Healthy gums typically have a depth of no greater than 3mm, but much greater depths are detected in those with periodontal disease.
In especially worrisome cases, the doctor may take x-rays to assess if there is any damage to your bone, or refer you to a periodontist.
As far as “curing” the disease, there are many courses of action in perio therapy to help return you to optimal oral health. First and foremost, Dr. Farless and his team will work to eradicate any infection. This could include a thorough cleaning, prescription medication, a root scaling and planing procedure, or even other surgeries to remove infected tissue. No matter what Dr. Farless and his team does, attentive home care will be an important part of your recovery.
What can I do to prevent Periodontal Disease?
Dr. Farless and his team want you to remember that the best treatment for oral health problems is to stop issues before they start. Preventative measures like brushing and flossing twice daily, avoiding smoking, and visiting your dentist for routine cleanings and examinations will all help keep your smile healthy and disease free.