Gum Disease Treatment – Middletown, NY
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Gum disease is one of the most pervasive oral health conditions in the US. Among adults over the age of 30, it’s the most common cause of tooth loss, and it has been linked to numerous chronic and systemic illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. At the Middletown dental office of Scott Udoff, DMD, we partner with patients to prevent oral health concerns, whenever possible, including screening for gum disease during regular dental exams. We also offer a range of effective gum disease treatments to renew your oral health and function. If you want to learn more about gum disease and available treatments, call our dental office in Middletown to schedule your consultation appointment with Dr. Udoff and his caring team today.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an oral health condition that occurs when sticky-acidic plaque buildup at or below the gums leads to irritation, inflammation, and destruction of gum tissue. In the early stages, patients experience some mild inflammation and irritation, but left untreated, the symptoms and effects of gum disease can be severe.
What are Symptoms of Gum Disease?
In the early stages, known as gingivitis, gum disease is not likely to be recognizable to the untrained eye. However, as gum disease reaches the more advanced periodontitis stage, you’ll likely start to notice a few more serious side effects, including:
- Red, purple, or otherwise discolored gum tissue
- Bleeding gums
- Teeth that look longer due to gum tissue recession
- Swelling or inflammation in the gums
- Sores or infection in the gum tissue
How is Gum Disease Diagnosed?
In most cases, the subtle warning signs of gum disease are not noticeable in the earliest stages, so keeping up with your dental exams is essential. During your six month dental checkups, we’ll perform a screening called periodontal charting. This preventive screening tracks the depths of the pockets between teeth and gums. One of the earliest indicators of gum disease is an increase in pocket depth. When we notice these changes, we can partner with you to improve oral health at-home and we may recommend more frequent teeth cleanings. If pocket depth increases and there are other symptoms of gum disease, we will likely recommend more advanced treatments outlined below.
How is Gum Disease Treated?
In our dental office, we begin with the most conservative treatment options. For those with gingivitis, that usually means partnering with patients to improve their oral hygiene at home in addition to having patients visit us three to four times a year for deep cleanings rather than just twice a year. For more severe gum disease, we may need to provide one or more advanced treatments, including:
- Scaling – a systematic deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup at and below the gum line
- Root planing – smoothing of tooth roots to prevent future buildup of plaque and tartar
- Antibiotic therapy – oral and/or topical treatments to reduce the numbers of plaque producing oral bacteria