Periodontal (Gum Disease) Treatment in Scottsdale, AZ
Maintaining good periodontal health is vital for your overall well-being. Periodontal disease, also referred to as gum disease, is often a silent disease that many Scottsdale dental patients are unaware they are suffering from. Nearly half of the adult population in the U.S. has the condition. Dr. Ann Sielicki provides preventive periodontal care and effective gum disease treatment at Sonoran Dental Design. The trusted Scottsdale dentist is committed to helping patients in Scottsdale, AZ, maintain lasting oral health with quality dental care.
What Is Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease)?
Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gums. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and is usually characterized by red or swollen gums that bleed easily. Gum disease in the gingivitis stage is easier to treat and in many cases, reversible. When gum disease progresses, it can become periodontitis, which can have severe and far-reaching effects on your oral and overall health. When left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.
Causes of Gum Disease
The most common cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene (i.e., not brushing or flossing regularly and properly, or not getting routine dental checkups). Without proper oral hygiene, plaque builds up, allowing bacteria to set in under the gum line, leading to gum disease. Other factors that increase the risk of gum disease include the following:
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy
- Certain medications such as steroids, anti-epilepsy drugs, some calcium channel blockers, oral contraceptives
Common Symptoms & Signs of Gum Disease
Symptoms of gum disease include the following:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath or taste in the mouth
- Teeth that are separating or loosening
- Changes in your bite
Early stages of gum disease often do not exhibit painful symptoms. Routine dental exams with your dentist every six months can determine whether symptoms are present and help guide your dentist to create a suitable treatment plan.
Prevention Is Key
Periodontal care focuses on the gum tissues and bone that surround your teeth. When your gums are properly cared for, gum disease can be prevented and easily treated.
Our dentist and team can instruct you on proper at-home care to ensure you are brushing and flossing correctly as a preventative measure. Our goal at Sonoran Dental Design is to prevent gum disease, or catch it in its earliest stages. This approach allows our patients to avoid tooth loss and the need for extensive and costly restorative treatments in the future.
During your regular dental appointments, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned by one of our skilled hygienists. Dr. Sielicki will also examine your teeth and mouth for signs of cavities and gum disease. Our office uses technology that detects gum disease in its earliest stages. The CariFree® system assesses your pH levels to make sure everything is properly balanced for good oral health. We can also use specialized OralDNA® labs to test samples of your saliva and check for bacteria and determine your risk factors for gum disease.
Gum Disease Treatment
If you have gingivitis, our team may perform scaling and root planing. This removes plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums, and removes bacteria from the gum pockets around your teeth. We will also polish your teeth and roots to prevent bacteria from accumulating in the future.
If the disease has progressed to periodontitis, you may require more extensive treatment with soft tissue lasers. We can remove damaged tissue, and may also prescribe antibiotics. After periodontitis has occurred, Dr. Sielicki may recommend more frequent dental visits to maintain your periodontal health and prevent the condition from reappearing.
Proper periodontal care and general dentistry procedures are essential for patients of all ages because oral health has a significant impact on overall health. Gum disease has been linked to other health issues such as heart disease and heart attacks, dementia, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Periodontal inflammation may also increase overall inflammation in other areas of the body, which can exacerbate any other existing problems. Proper periodontal care can prevent these serious health concerns.
Protect Your Health
Periodontal care at Sonoran Dental Design is not just important to your oral health; it is vital for your overall health as well. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sielicki.