Periodontal (Gum) Disease Bells, Jackson & Milan, TN

Digital illustration showing three teeth with indications of gum disease stagesPicture this: You're enjoying your favorite snack when suddenly, your gums start to ache, feeling like you've bitten on a pebble. You might wonder what caused this discomfort. Well, it's more about your oral hygiene than your snack choice. Tender gums often signal gingivitis, or the beginning stage of gum disease.

Premier Dental provides gum disease treatment and management in Bells, Jackson & Milan, and our new office in Lexington, TN.

Understanding Gum Disease

Gum disease, also called periodontitis or periodontal disease, is an inflammatory condition affecting the gums and tooth-supporting structures. It's triggered by plaque buildup, a sticky film formed when sugars and starches interact with oral bacteria. If not removed through regular brushing and flossing, dental plaque hardens into tartar, requiring professional removal.

Periodontal disease begins with gingivitis, the initial inflammatory response of the gums, which, if untreated, progresses to periodontitis. This advanced stage damages the bone and tissues supporting the teeth, ultimately leading to tooth loss if left unchecked. Bacterial plaque buildup along the gum line is the primary cause, resulting in gingivitis, bleeding gums, periodontal gum disease, and potential tooth loss.

Stages of Gum Disease

Stage #1 Gingivitis

Early gum disease, also called gingivitis, manifests as gum inflammation, causing symptoms like redness, swelling, and bleeding during oral care. However, it doesn't cause irreversible damage to gums or bone.

Stage #2 Periodontitis

Untreated gingivitis progresses to periodontitis, damaging tooth-supporting structures. Gums recede, forming infected pockets leading to bone and tissue loss, potentially resulting in tooth loss.

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease

Common signs and symptoms of gum disease include:
•  Gum Inflammation: Healthy gums are pink, firm, and non-swollen.
•  Bleeding Gums: Healthy gums don't bleed easily; consistent bleeding may indicate gum disease.
•  Bad Breath: Persistent bad breath can signal gum disease.
•  Tooth Shifting or Looseness: Advanced gum disease can cause teeth to shift or become loose.
•  Receding Gums: Gums may recede, exposing teeth roots.
•  Pain or Discomfort: Gum disease may cause discomfort, especially during chewing.
•  Pus Between Teeth: Severe gum disease may lead to pus formation.
•  Changes in Bite: Teeth shifting can alter bite alignment.
•  Tooth Sensitivity: Receding gums can cause tooth sensitivity.
•  Abscess Formation: The last stage of gum disease may lead to abscesses, causing severe pain.

Causes of Gum Disease

Several factors can lead to the development of gum disease:
•  Poor Oral Hygiene: Inadequate brushing and flossing lead to plaque buildup.
•  Tobacco Use: Smoking affects gum health by impairing blood flow.
•  Genetics: Genetic factors influence gum disease susceptibility.
•  Poor Nutrition: Inadequate nutrients weaken the immune system.
•  Certain Medications: Some drugs contribute to gum overgrowth, increasing dental plaque accumulation.
•  Hormonal Changes: Hormonal fluctuations can make gums more prone to inflammation.
•  Chronic Stress: Stress weakens the immune system, increasing infection risk.
•  Certain Medical Conditions: Diseases like diabetes and HIV/AIDS elevate gum disease risk.
•  Poorly Fitted Dental Restorations: Ill-fitting dental appliances can harbor dental plaque.

Treatment Options

Treatment options for gum disease are available. Professional dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar. After this, we will perform scaling and root planing, which is a deep cleaning to remove tartar and smooth root surfaces. Medications such as antibiotics or mouthwashes to reduce inflammation and control gum infection may be given.

More advanced treatments may include laser therapy which utilizes laser energy to remove diseased tissue and promote healing. Surgical procedures such as flap surgery, bone grafts, soft tissue grafts, and gum grafting may be recommended in severe cases.

Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance is the cornerstone of preventive dental care, focusing on averting and managing periodontal disease. It includes regular check-ups, professional cleanings, and tailored treatment plans tailored to each patient's needs. Our comprehensive approach aims to preserve gum health and the supportive structures of the teeth, ensuring a lifetime of oral health and functionality. We're committed to helping you take proactive steps toward your oral health, with periodontal maintenance playing a pivotal role.

The Importance of Periodontal Maintenance

Periodontal maintenance is essential for managing and preventing gingivitis and periodontal disease. Regular maintenance, particularly professional cleanings, effectively removes dental plaque and tartar buildup, mitigating the risks of gingivitis and periodontitis development. By addressing plaque and gum disease early on and implementing preventive measures, periodontal maintenance safeguards tooth integrity and supportive structures.

Studies have revealed links between periodontal disease and systemic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory infections. Hence, maintaining oral health through periodontal maintenance contributes significantly to overall well-being.

Regular visits for periodontal maintenance enable early detection and prompt resolution of oral health issues, not limited to gingivitis or periodontal problems. Comprehensive examinations allow for immediate action plans tailored to individual patient needs.

Components of Periodontal Maintenance

•  Comprehensive Oral Examinations: Thorough assessment of gums, teeth, and supportive structures, including evaluation of gum inflammation, periodontal pocket depth measurement, and X-ray examination for signs of bone loss.
•  Professional Cleanings, Scaling, and Root Planing: Removal of dental plaque, tartar, and bacterial toxins from teeth and below the gum line, crucial in combating periodontal gum disease.
•  Personalized Treatment Plans: Development of tailored plans based on examination results, including recommendations for at-home dental care and additional procedures.
•  Follow-Up Appointments: Regular monitoring of oral health status, progress tracking, and adjustment of treatment plans as needed, typically scheduled every three to six months.
•  Patient Education: Guidance on proper oral hygiene practices, brushing techniques, flossing, and lifestyle factors impacting oral health, such as diet, tobacco, and alcohol use.

Significance of Dental Check-Ups

Regular dental visits are indispensable for periodontal maintenance and optimal oral health, offering early detection and intervention. Timely identification and intervention of oral health issues prevent them from escalating, necessitating more extensive treatments. Professional dental cleanings ensure the effective removal of plaque, tartar, and stains that brushing and flossing alone cannot eliminate. Regular follow-ups allow for monitoring of oral health status changes over time, ensuring prompt resolution of emerging issues.

Periodontal maintenance is indispensable in preventive dental care, preserving gum health and overall well-being. By incorporating regular dental visits, professional cleanings, and personalized treatment plans, patients effectively prevent and manage periodontal disease, preserving tooth integrity and enhancing quality of life.

Protect Your Gums with Us!

Gum disease demands attention and proper care to prevent complications. By recognizing symptoms, maintaining oral hygiene, and seeking professional treatment, individuals can safeguard their gum and overall oral health. Prioritize your smile by scheduling a consultation with Premier Dental. Our team will conduct a thorough assessment, discuss treatment options, and create a personalized plan to combat gum disease. Call our Jackson office at 731-300-3000, or one of our other convenient locations. Your journey to a healthier smile starts here.

Bells Office

(731) 663-9999

7019 US-412
Bells, TN 38006

Mon: 11am - 6pm
Tue: 8am - 5pm
Wed: 9am - 5pm
Thu: 7am - 2pm
Fri: By appt
Sat & Sun: Closed

Jackson Office

(731) 300-3000

80 Exeter Rd
Jackson, TN 38305

Mon: 7am - 7pm
Tue: 7am - 7pm
Wed: 9am - 5pm
Thu: 7am - 2pm
Fri: 8am - 3pm
Sat & Sun: Closed

Milan Office

(731) 613-2800

14029 S 1st St
Milan, TN 38358

Mon: 11am - 6pm
Tue: 8am - 5pm
Wed: 9am - 5pm
Thu: 7am - 2pm
Fri: By appt
Sat & Sun: Closed

Lexington Office

Opening June 10th.

689 W. Church St.
Lexington,TN 38351

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