Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment

Have you ever thought about how valuable your teeth are? Replacing a tooth lost because of decay or gum disease can cost over $4000 when you take into account all the steps needed to place a dental implant and restoration.

Professional examinations and cleanings are the foundation of the services we provide at Dental Dimensions in St. Petersburg, Florida. Never underestimate the benefit of your biannual visit for your exam and cleaning. Maintenance is the key to keeping your teeth as well as minimizing the cost of dental treatment and time spent in the dentist’s chair.

Do You Have Gum Disease?

Recent research from the Centers for Disease Control reports that almost half of all American adults ages 30 years and older suffer from gum disease. That is 64.7 million adults. Are you one of them?

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone surrounding your teeth. Research has also shown that gum disease is associated with serious health concerns such as diabetes and heart disease.

The signs and symptoms of gum disease are:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Bleeding upon flossing and/or brushing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus between your teeth and gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Teeth that appear longer in length

Often, the early stages of gum disease are unnoticeable to patients because the disease process is painless and the symptoms are subtle.

Treatment and Prevention of Gum Disease

Regular examinations and professional cleanings are your number one tool when it comes to preventing gum disease. At Dental Dimensions, we take great pride in providing our patients with a thorough dental cleaning while using a gentle touch. Our patients are scheduled for a full hour to complete the dental cleaning, examination, and any necessary x-rays. We spend time with our patients reviewing proven hygiene techniques that help reduce the risk of gum disease and maintain healthy gums.

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you may require extra time to complete your treatment, and we will schedule your cleanings and examinations accordingly.

We take a progressive approach to treating early-to-moderate gum disease. We apply a powerful compounded topical gel anesthetic to the affected gum tissue, which means that no needles are necessary. Once the area has been anesthetized, we use specialized ultrasonic instruments to kill the bacteria below the gumline and remove debris. This procedure is called deep scaling. Treating gum disease kills bacteria, removes irritants, preserves bone and tissue, and ultimately reduces the risk of losing your teeth.

Your health is very important to us. Call today to schedule your appointment at Dental Dimensions in St. Petersburg and experience the difference high quality care can make.