Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is an infection of the tissue around your teeth that holds them in place. As the leading cause of tooth loss in adults today, gum disease can have a significant impact on both dental health and overall health and well being. It is typically caused by improper cleaning of the gums that can lead to irritation and swelling of the gums. Without proper brushing and flossing, a sticky, bacteria filled film called plaque will build up on your teeth. This build up will cause the gums to separate from the teeth and that often leads to further tooth infection and decay.
Healthy gums are the foundation for any beautiful smile, providing supporting structure for the teeth and playing a role in keeping harmful bacteria out of the bloodstream. Maintaining healthy gums starts with good oral hygiene and regular professional care with Annapolis dentist, Dr. Sheen. We recommend you visit our office at least twice a year for a professional teeth cleaning to have plaque removed from hard-to-reach places.
Periodontal Therapy in Annapolis
As an accredited dentist that specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease, Dr. Sheen knows the importance of proper gum maintenance and care for patients of all ages. He provides thorough periodontal health screenings during routine preventive care visits, and recommends personalized treatment plans to improve overall periodontal health.
Dr. Sheen will identify the stage and severity of gum disease and recommend appropriate treatment for restoring health. As a team, we take the time to get to know our patients and understand the unique risk factors affecting their oral health. We offer individualized oral hygiene care and advice so that you can keep your mouth healthy between visits.
Stages of Periodontal Disease
Gingivitis: this stage is simply when your gums are inflamed. Plaque build-up is present and not removed and this causes the gums to eventually become irritated. At this stage you may not notice any symptoms at all or you may notice red, swollen gums that bleed easily while your are brushing your teeth.
Periodontitis: gingivitis will eventually turn into periodontitis without proper treatment. In this stage, plaque will turn into a harder substance called tartar that cannot be removed from brushing alone. This is a severe form of gum disease that must be treated quickly. You may notice symptoms such as bad breath, bleeding gums, sore or red gums, or pockets forming as your gums pull away from your teeth. At this stage you may suffer permanent damage to your jaw bone that may result in tooth loss.
Advanced Periodontitis: at this point, you have suffered from so much damage to your bone, teeth and gums that it is irreversible. You may have symptoms such as pus coming from your gums, painful swelling and your bite will be off. At this stage, the pockets are much deeper and there is so much bacteria built up in them that the damage will result in your teeth falling out or will eventually need pulled.
Gum Disease Treatment
We offer a range of treatment options for addressing gum disease:
- Scaling and root planing: a thorough and intensive cleaning of the tooth roots and along the gum line, removing plaque and tartar.
- Antibacterial rinses: available for use at home, an antibacterial rinse can reduce the build up of tartar and the incidence of gingivitis between visits.
- Oral surgery: for advanced cases of periodontitis where significant damage has occurred, Dr. Sheen may coordinate care with a local specialist to help you get back a healthy smile.
Schedule An Appointment
Be proactive with your oral health and take advantage of the benefits of preventative dental care. Contact Annapolis dentist Dr. Sheen to schedule a periodontal screening today. Call (443) 482- 5202 or schedule a consultation online.