Periodontal Therapy – Reading, MA
Say Goodbye to Bleeding Gums
Do your gums bleed when you brush and floss? While it may seem like nothing more than a mild nuisance, bleeding gums are a serious symptom of gum disease. Also called periodontal disease, gum disease is estimated to affect more than half of Americans aged 30 and older. The condition has been linked to health problems like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and complications in pregnant women. That’s why it’s imperative that you seek gum disease therapy in Reading as soon as these symptoms begin. Keep reading below as we explore periodontal disease in greater detail.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Dental plaque is a sticky, clear substance that constantly forms on your teeth. It’s comprised of a mixture of oral bacteria and particles from the foods and drinks you consume. When you eat or drink anything sugary or starchy, the bacteria in plaque feed on these particles and leave behind a destructive waste product that causes not only cavities, but periodontal disease. It can irritate the gum tissue and result in inflammation that causes bleeding. That in turn can set off a chain reaction of inflammation throughout the body that leads to other health complications. Ultimately, the bacteria can attack the structures keeping your teeth anchored to your gums, resulting in teeth that become loose and even fall out.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
The symptoms of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, are often so subtle that at first you might not even realize you need periodontal therapy in Reading. Eventually, gum disease can reach its more advanced stage, known as periodontitis. At that point, irreversible damage has already been done. If you notice any of the following symptoms, give us a call right away:
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Tender, red, or swollen gums
- Gums that have receded from the teeth
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Sensitive teeth
- Pain when chewing
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Dentures that no longer fit
- Chronic bad breath that doesn’t subside after brushing, flossing, or rinsing with mouthwash
Comprehensive Treatment Options for Gum Disease
When you visit our Reading office for gum disease treatment, Dr. Gail Iebba will determine what the best option is for your particular case. The only way to say goodbye to bleeding gums for good is to come in for an appointment, so don’t be afraid to contact Dr. Iebba for treatment.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are also sometimes referred to as a dental deep cleaning, and can often be performed in one appointment. During the scaling portion of the cleaning, Dr. Iebba will use an ultrasonic tool to remove built-up plaque and its hardened form, tartar, from beneath the gumline. Then, during the root planing portion, she will smooth over the rough roots of your teeth so that bacteria have a harder time attaching to them in the future.
We may decide to use antibiotic therapy in conjunction with scaling and root planing for good measure. During the procedure, Dr. Iebba may apply an antibiotic gel commonly known as Arestin directly to your gum tissue to help eliminate harmful bacteria. In addition, we might prescribe an antibiotic in pill form such as clindamycin.