Gum Disease: Know The Warning Signs

More than half of Americans will suffer from some degree of gum disease in their life and is attributed to the number one cause for tooth loss in adults. Our gums are what help to hold our teeth in place, neglecting your gums can cause bleeding, receding, and premature tooth decay. Gum Disease is a serious periodontal concern that should be tended to by a periodontist as soon as you start to notice warning signs. Identifying and treating gum disease as early as possible can help to avoid lengthy and costly procedures.

Gum Disease can vary in severity, and can progress if not properly treated. Gingivitis is a common and mild form that causes irritation, bleeding and swollen gums. When gingivitis goes untreated, it can develop into periodontitis. Periodontitis is aggressive, and often leads to tooth loss. Gum disease has been linked to health conditions as serious as strokes, heart disease and diabetes. Highly trained and experienced periodontist Dr. Roy and Dr. Adam Eskow offer complete periodontal care at their Bethesda, MD Dental Implant Center.

Warning Signs Of Gum Disease

Be sure you know the signs of gum disease.There are a number of warning signs that could indicate periodontal disease.

  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Mouth sores
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Changes in the fit of your dentures

Non Surgical Treatment of Gum Disease

Regardless of the stage of your gum disease. Dr. Eskow will always try nonsurgical treatments to treat your gum disease and receding gums. There are several non surgical procedures that can be used and often Dr. Eskow will recommend a combination of treatments to best treat your condition. After a thorough dental exam, Dr. Eskow will build a customized treatment plan with you to restore the health of your teeth and gums.

  • Scaling and Root Planing: this is a series of intense cleanings of the teeth and gums. Dr. Eskow will remove the plaque and tartar from the deep pockets of the gums.
  • Antibiotic and Antimicrobial Rinses: these rinses are used to reduce the bacteria in your mouth in efforts to control the damage caused by gum disease
  • Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique: A non surgical, minimally invasive procedure that can help reposition the gum line

Surgical Treatment of Gum Disease

Gum disease can progress into gum recession leaving roots exposed and creating both cosmetic and dental health concerns. These are serious dental health issues, and may need to be treated surgically. Dr. Eskow offers three different types of surgery to help treat progressive gum disease.

  • Soft Tissue Grafting: Dr. Eskow transfers a thin piece of tissue from an adjacent area in your mouth to build up the affected area in order to cover the exposed roots.
  • Osseous Surgery: This surgery can reduce the pocket depth in your gums to prevent future buildup of plaque.
  • Periodontal Bone Grafting: If your gum disease has created bone recession, you made need a bone graft. Periodontal bone grafting helps regenerate lost bone and promotes a healthier smile.

If you think you are suffering from Gum Disease at any stage, make an appointment with Dr. Eskow for a complete oral health check up and periodontal screening. Dr. Eskow’s knowledge and training can catch your gum disease early and repair any deterioration that has already occurred.