Do your gums bleed after brushing? Are your gums swollen, red, and inflamed? These are not normal results of brushing. They are warning signs that you may be developing gum disease. Dr. Morton can help you get past this disease and keep your smile safe with gum disease treatment at Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA.
What Is Gum Disease?
With gum disease, we incorporate a variety of different techniques and systems available in modern dentistry. We provide oral TNA culturing, which is basically like when you get sick and you go and they take a culture. We test for the bacteria that are present so that we can be more confident in the treatment modalities that we provide you are appropriate for the type of infectious bacteria that are present in your mouth.
The old days of just giving you an antibiotic and hoping it takes care of everything really doesn't serve our patients as well as we can, so we're able to provide saliva testing to better customize our treatment and care for the patients based on where they are.
We utilize the ultrasonic scalers, things that are able to provide more comfortable hygiene appointments for our patients. We utilize topical anesthetics so there's no injection, that allows the patient, if they need to have a deeper cleaning, to be more comfortable during that process.
Ultimately our focus is to get rid of the inflammation, and so some of the other things that we use are a system known as Perio Protect trays. This allows us to give more power to the patient on a daily basis. They're able to utilize the trays with a topical gel that helps kill off the bacteria and the biofilm that may be present around the teeth and below the gums, and this is something we've seen tremendous results from working with patients over the last two years with these services.
There is always bacteria in your mouth. In fact, bacteria is naturally present in everyone’s mouths. The problem starts when you let that bacteria get out of control. This can happen for a number of reasons. Poor hygiene, diet, genetics, and age are all factors that contribute to bacteria buildup and the resulting formation of gum disease. Plaque and tartar buildup in your mouth feed off of the sugars in the foods you eat. As they consume the sugar, they produce more bacteria. This bacteria causes inflammation, and this is the beginning stage of gum disease, called gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to full-blown gum disease, or periodontitis. This is when gum tissue and bone structure begin to suffer harm from the bacterial infection in your gums.
What Are The Symptoms Of Gum Disease?
The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Its symptoms are mild and oftentimes overlooked. All periodontitis starts out as gingivitis, but not all gingivitis progresses to periodontitis.
Gingivitis is the easiest stage for Dr. Morton to deal with. In fact, it’s reversible. Here are the most common symptoms of gingivitis.
- Bleeding Gums – No matter what anyone tells you, there is no reason your gums should bleed after brushing and flossing your teeth. The only other reason your gums might bleed after these activities is because you have done something wrong and injured your gums (such as brushing too vigorously with a toothbrush that’s too hard).
- Inflammation – When your gums are red, sore, and swollen, you are likely suffering from gingivitis.
The symptoms of the later stages of gum disease are harder to miss.
- Gum Recession – Your gums are now pulling away from your teeth and exposing more of your bone structure. This is going to lead to a loss of tissue and stability in your teeth.
- Loose Teeth – The gum recession has caused a loss of bone support for your teeth, and you are starting to experience loose, shifting teeth.
- Lost Teeth – Your teeth are now to the point where the infection has robbed them of all support, and they are now starting to fall out. Your smile is suffering from this disease, but the real danger is to your dental structure. If you don’t take restorative steps to rid your mouth of the infection and replace your missing teeth, you may begin to experience even more bone loss and more tooth loss.
How Does Dr. Morton Treat Gum Disease?
Dr. Morton offers four different gum disease treatment techniques at Mint 32 Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA.
Chao Pinhole® Technique – This technique allows Dr. Morton to gently move your existing gums into more natural positions on your teeth. There’s no need for painful gum grafting or a long recovery, and the procedure takes just one to two hours. Dr. Morton will evaluate your case to determine if this is the right gum disease treatment for you.
Perio Protect – This method uses specially formed mouthguards that are loaded with an antibacterial gel. The mouthguards deliver the gel to your gums and help cure your infection.
Scaling and Root Planing – This is a traditional technique in which Dr. Morton will remove the plaque and tartar from around and under your gumline (scaling) and then smooth any rough spots on your gums to remove any additional bacteria (root planing). This prepares the area for new gum growth.
Laser Treatment – Dental lasers give Dr. Morton the ability to help treat any gum recession fast and comfortably. Dr. Morton will be happy to explain the specifics of this procedure and help determine if it is the right gum disease treatment for you.