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Gum Disease Charlotte NC

Periodontal Therapy An Overview

Gum disease is progressive in nature, beginning with minor changes and symptoms that often go unnoticed without regular dental care. Left untreated, gum disease can advance and compromise the health of the gums and the tooth structure.

Dr. Moore screens for the early signs of developing gum disease during your routine visits. We offer comprehensive diagnosis and restorative dental treatment for your needs to restore oral health.

Periodontal disease has two distinct stages, each with characteristic symptoms. Prompt treatment for early-stage gum disease can help you avoid complex problems and even permanent damage to your teeth and gums.

  • Gingivitis: The first signs of gingivitis can include red or swollen gums, gums that bleed when brushing or increased sensitivity of the gums. These symptoms indicate a developing infection in the gums that when treated early is typically resolved.
  • Periodontitis: Left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. This is a deeper infection of the gums that has created pockets around the teeth and begun to compromise both gums health and the integrity of the teeth. Symptoms can include changes in the fit of the bite, loose teeth or noticeable changes in the appearance of the gums.

treatment for gum disease in Charlotte, NC

Why is gum health important?

The health and stability of your gums play a key role in your dental health and overall wellness. Healthy gums support stable, healthy teeth and the function of your bite. The gums also serve as a barrier between harmful bacteria often found in the mouth and your bloodstream.

A breakdown of this function with advanced gum disease can increase your risk for a range of health problems, including cardiovascular and systemic disease. Visit your dentist in Charlotte, NC for gum disease treatment recommendations.

Periodontal Therapy What to Expect

The recommended treatment for gum disease is dependent upon the condition of your overall oral health and the stage of any existing gum disease. Dr. Moore will perform a thorough exam and discuss your oral health concerns before recommending treatment.

There are also certain medical conditions and other factors that can impact your susceptibility to gum disease. Our goal is to identify your risk factors, the underlying cause of gum disease and to help you restore your dental health.

Patients with early-stage disease and no damage to the gums can often be successfully treated with a thorough cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. In some cases, especially for patients considered at greater risk for developing gum disease, specific oral hygiene products may be recommended for use at home.

Advanced disease and damaged gum tissue may need to be addressed by a local specialist. Dr. Moore will coordinate dental care and follow up with you to ensure a good result.

Periodontal Therapy FAQs

Is periodontal therapy necessary?

Treatment and therapy for periodontal disease is very important to your oral and overall health. If left untreated periodontal disease can cause many issues for patients such as strokes, diabetes, bone loss, and heart disease. If treated early in the first stage, gum disease can be resolved.

Can bone regenerate after periodontal disease?

If your bones have been damaged by periodontal disease there is not much that you can do for them to regenerate. Once enamel and bones have been damaged, that damage is permanent. Some dentists may be able to recommend restorative procedures to help support bone after periodontal disease has destroyed teeth, but your teeth will not be able to regenerate to their original, natural health.

What are the stages of periodontal disease?

There are four main stages of gum disease. The first is gingivitis. Gingivitis is the only reversible stage of gum disease. The second stage is mild periodontal disease. The last two stages are moderate periodontal disease and advanced. Once you have reached the last two stages you are at risk to develop other health issues, and may have bone loss.