About 75% of Americans will have some form of gum disease in their lives. It’s the leading cause of tooth loss, and it has been linked to problems like diabetes and heart disease. Gum disease is caused by plaque and tartar buildup on the roots of the teeth below the gum line. Some patients with gum disease will experience redness, swelling, or bleeding gums, but it’s also possible to have no noticeable symptoms.
At Creating Smiles, we encourage all of our patients to be proactive in preventing gum disease by brushing twice a day and flossing once. If you do have signs of gum problems, we can help using minimally invasive treatments.
Dr. Kapers provides in-house periodontal or gum disease treatment to find and control an oral infection before it takes over the mouth. As part of his soft-tissue management program, Dr. Kapers evaluates patients about once every three months. We recommend frequent visits because advanced gum disease can destroy bone and soft tissue, which can lead to total tooth loss.
Our office treats gum disease with scaling and root planing. This allows us to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar buildup around and below the gum line to reduce the periodontal pockets that form when your gums are infected. Bacteria that causes gum disease can reproduce and multiply quickly, so it’s important to keep all of your dental cleanings and exam appointments .
As gum disease becomes more advanced, it’s common for pockets of bacteria to form along the gum line. In addition to not looking very nice, they are also extremely hard to clean, and they dramatically increase someone’s chances of reinfection after getting treatment. Fortunately, we can apply a topical antibiotic to the gums that’s designed to handle both issues. It will quickly dry once in place and then slowly dissolve over the next few days. This will enable the medicine to seep deep below the gum line, eliminate bacteria from the pockets, and even reduce their size to protect someone’s future oral health.