Periodontal Care Can Protect Your Smile and Overall Health
Millions of Americans suffer from gum disease, which has been shown to cause tooth loss and an increased risk of serious, overall health conditions if left untreated. If you have pain, sensitivity, or bleeding in your gums, do not hesitate to visit your dentist for an exam. With regular professional dental care, gum disease can be easily detected and treated before it significantly impacts your oral health and life. Dr. Paul Gabriel offers advanced periodontal care in Wexford, PA, to protect your oral health and smile.
Gum Disease Does Not Always Cause Noticeable Symptoms
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums. This condition can be caused by plaque buildup on teeth, around or under the gum line. Preventive dental care during your regular cleanings and exams is the best way for your dentist to remove the plaque buildup before it leads to gum disease. However, if your condition has advanced, we can provide the necessary treatment you require to restore your oral health.
Recognizing and Treating Periodontal Disease
During the initial gingivitis stage, infection may not begin with very noticeable symptoms, but it can eventually move deeper into the gums if left untreated. Advanced stages of gum disease are called periodontitis. Symptoms that indicate the need for treatment beyond regular dental cleanings may include:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Gum irritation and inflammation
- Pain and discomfort
- Gum recessions
- Bleeding in the gums
- Loose teeth
If you suffer from these symptoms, we may recommend scaling and root planing. This procedure is a deep cleaning for your gums, where our team will clear plaque and bacteria from pockets below your gum line where they are causing problems. Just one visit may not be enough to treat your gum disease, and Dr. Gabriel will have more detailed instructions for you following your procedure.
For smiles with significant gum damage, gum grafting or a flap procedure may be necessary to restore health and normal function. Patients in need of these extensive procedures may also require other restorative care, which is best approached with a comprehensive full mouth reconstruction.
The exposure of deep gum tissue to bacteria from gum disease has also been linked to a higher risk of serious health conditions including stroke, heart disease, dementia, respiratory problems, and diabetes.
Infection in the gums can reach nerves and cause daily discomfort. However, this infection often results in more significant long-term damage if left untreated. Gum disease can move deeper into tooth roots and cause separation between gums and teeth, loosening and eventually dislodging teeth. The exposure of deep gum tissue to bacteria from gum disease has also been linked to a higher risk of serious health conditions including stroke, heart disease, dementia, respiratory problems, and diabetes.
Seek Periodontal Treatment Today
Dr. Gabriel can provide advanced treatment options in the event that your gum disease is causing you discomfort. Contact our practice online or call us at (724) 935-2100 today to schedule a consultation and protect your oral and overall health.
“Dr. Gabriel leads the way for his staff, making patients feel welcome and at ease. Dr. Gabriel also provides top-quality dental care and his staff is good at explaining procedures before they perform them.” RUTH K.