Bleeding gums are not a normal part of a healthy mouth.
In fact, they’re one of the earliest signs of gum disease. According to the CDC, nearly half of all adults aged 30 and over show signs of gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
When plaque accumulates on and around the teeth, it can lead to an infection of the gums. In its earliest stages, gum disease can be treated and completely reversed. Once the disease progresses the damage can become permanent. This is why early diagnosis and treatment is so important.
Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults.
How do I know if I have Gum Disease?
One of the reasons that gum disease often progresses to advanced stages before treatment begins is because it can often be painless in the beginning.
Some things to watch for include:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen, red and tender gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Gums pulling away from the teeth
- Changes in the bite
The best way to ensure that gum disease doesn’t go unnoticed is to be vigilant about twice a year professional cleanings and exams. This enables us to:
- Monitor your gums
- Clean off built-up plaque
- Help you spot problem areas
- Keep an eye on anything that looks suspicious
How is Gum Disease Treated?
The traditional treatment for advanced gum disease at many dental practices is surgery. At Arcadia Dental Arts we invest in leading technology to treat advanced gum disease effectively without surgery whenever possible. These alternative treatments include:
Instead of jumping straight to invasive surgery, Dr. Pappas prefers laser gum disease treatment to remove bacteria and diseased tissue. This allows the gums near the roots of the teeth to heal and regenerate quickly.
Some of the benefits of laser gum treatment are:
- No anesthetic is needed
- Precision of lasers saves healthy gum tissue
- Less invasive
- Healing and recovery time is short
Using a miniature endoscope, or lighted camera, Dr. Pappas can see the details of each tooth and area of gum at over 48 times its actual size. This detailed magnification allows for him to see below the gum line, something that was never possible in the past without invasive surgery. Dr. Pappas is one of only a few dentists in the Phoenix area who is trained in this cutting-edge technology that has led to a huge improvement in the success of treatments for those suffering from advanced gum disease.
Gum disease is a slow, chronic and often silent disease. Most patients aren’t even aware they have it until its progressed into the advanced stages. By the time symptoms become evident it’s often already past the point of complete healing.
This is why at Arcadia Dental Arts we focus on early prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Our strong emphasis on patient education is a huge part of successful prevention and early diagnosis.
For more information on gum disease, or to schedule a cleaning and exam, call us today at 602.957.9643.