Have your gums ever bled after brushing your teeth? This is what is known as gingivitis. If left to settle, it can evolve into periodontitis. This can be prevented, or treated, with periodontal therapy.
Keep reading to learn more about our periodontal services in Jupiter, FL.
We encourage you to schedule an appointment and visit our office for a more accurate assessment of your dental health. Remember, gum disease can get worse and spread, spreading to your teeth and jawbone. Resolve it now, call 561-529-9438.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. They become red and swollen, and they can bleed easily. At this stage, the gum disease can be treated relatively easily with good dental hygiene – pro-tip: use non-alcoholic mouthwash – and regular dental cleanings.
If it spreads, gingivitis turns to periodontitis. Your gums will start to recede and even change colors, appearing less healthy and vibrant. It can start to wear away at the tissue that supports your teeth, leading to tooth loss.
Factors that increase the risk for gum disease, and can worsen the condition, include:
- Some hormonal changes
- Certain medications
Rule of thumb symptoms to look out for:
- Bad breath that seems permanent
- Receding gums or lengthening teeth
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- The feeling of tenderness and pain with chewing
How We Treat Gum Disease at Jupiter Dentistry
There are several techniques that are able to remove affected gum tissue, replace it, and restore your smile’s health.
Usually, the process includes removing plaque and tartar. This is known as scaling and root planing, and it seeks to remove bacteria and their environment. If needed, traditionally your dentist will then remove infected tissue from any pockets that have formed and any lost gum tissue can be replaced through an augmentation procedure.
Dr. Wyatt and Dr. Ajmo also offer an alternative, known as the Biolase® Waterlase. It’s as advanced as it sounds, and it involves using a stream of water to manipulate gum and bone tissues in a virtually painless procedure. It causes less trauma, results in less swelling, and is a much more comfortable and gentle experience.
Do You Suffer From Dental Anxiety?
Not to worry!
Dr. Ajmo is the only board-certified sedation dentist in South Florida. IV sedation is safe, effective, and remarkably relaxing. If you have dental phobias or going to the dentist makes you nervous, sedation dentistry is a great option that can help you get the dental care you need without having to suffer through it.
Call Jupiter Dentistry about sedation dentistry during your consultation to learn more.