Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a serious dental problem caused by a buildup of plaque that hardens into tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria and breaks down soft tissue around the gums. Periodontitis ultimately destroys the tissue surrounding your teeth and the bone that holds your teeth in place. Tooth loss is the most serious and obvious indicator of gum disease. Additionally, there are links between gum disease and stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.
Edmond, OK dentist Dr. Bryan Bumpas is passionate about helping patients fight gum disease and restore oral health. If you think you may have periodontitis, call Prairie Dental Group at 405.254.0656 or request a consultation with Dr. Bumpas online.
Signs of Gum Disease
Gingivitis, or gum inflammation, is one of the first indicators of progressing gum disease. There are also other symptoms that can include:
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
- Mouth sores
Have you noticed any of these symptoms? Please contact our Edmond, OK office. We help patients receive the treatment they need to eliminate gum disease and retain their smiles.
Scaling and Root Planing
Gingivitis is easily treated by our hygienists scaling and polishing teeth. However, if gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will progress and the roots will need a planing. Scaling and planing are non-surgical procedures that offer a deep clean. Unlike regular dental cleaning, this deep cleaning goes under the gum line. Scaling also removes tartar from above and below the gum line. The rough surfaces of tooth roots smoothed out during root planing to help gums reattach to your tooth. Deep scaling and root planing are usually broken down into one section of the mouth per appointment to allow for adequate healing time.
An occlusal adjustment corrects the alignment of the bite, which can be a result of loose, shifting, crowded, or missing teeth. Many patients with severe gum disease can have loose or missing teeth. In combination with scaling and root planing, occlusal adjustment can address periodontitis at the source. Furthermore, evenly distributing the bite eliminates irregular pressure and ensures that teeth will meet properly. The adjustment is made by using a dental drill using a fine filing stone. Dr. Bumpas utilizes removal mouthpieces to protect the tooth surface and relax the jaw muscles once the adjustment is completed.
Lost gum tissue, injury, orthodontic treatment, or pressure caused by tooth misalignment cause loose teeth. Periodontal splinting is an effective method utilized by dentists to attach weak teeth together and turn them into a single unit. The procedure is most commonly performed on the front teeth. We use composite material to attach, or splint, the loose teeth to the adjoining stable teeth.
Arestin® is an effective antibiotic treatment that comes in powder form. This powder is placed inside infected periodontal pockets just after we finish the scaling and root planing procedure. It also releases antibiotics over time to target bacteria, reduce the pocket depth of gum pockets, and help gums heal faster.