Periodontal (gum) disease is a degenerative condition caused by an infection in your gums. When harmful bacteria infect your gums, they cause an inflammation in the gum tissue which gradually worsens, and when left untreated leads to tooth loss, bone loss and gum recession. In the early stages of gum disease, the condition can be halted before serious damage is done to your oral health. However, if the condition progresses to a more severe stage of the disease you may require extensive treatment to get your gum disease under control and restore your teeth, gums and supporting oral structures.
Common Symptoms of Gum Disease Include:
- Swollen, red or tender gums
- Gums which bleed easily
- Loose teeth
- Painful chewing
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums
When you visit our office, Dr. Glenn M. Wilson will examine your entire mouth to determine the severity of your gum disease and which treatment would be most beneficial for you. There are a variety of treatments available, ranging from deep dental cleanings and improved at-home oral hygiene to antibiotic treatments and gum surgeries. We will develop an individualized treatment plan that will meet your unique oral health needs and help you regain your smile.
You Can Also Minimize Your Risk of Gum Disease By:
- Maintaining good oral hygiene at home
- Keeping all your regular dental appointments for preventive care
- Not smoking or using other tobacco products
- Eating a balanced, nutritious diet
Has it been a while since your last visit to the dentist? If so, Dr. Glenn M. Wilson may recommend a full mouth debridement to thoroughly clean your teeth. We invite you to contact us at 860-354-3737 to schedule your appointment and learn more about debridement in New Milford, Connecticut.
If you do not visit our dentist regularly for routine cleanings, the plaque and tartar on your teeth can build up, creating thick deposits on your teeth that make it difficult to determine if you have tooth decay, periodontal disease, or other dental problems above or below the gum line. When this occurs, we may recommend a full-mouth debridement to remove the deposits.
After the deposits have been scraped away, we will be able to determine the presence and severity of any dental problems. You may still need a regular cleaning or further treatment after your debridement procedure, such as a filling, root canal, scaling and root planing, or even oral surgery.
We encourage you to visit our office at regular six-month intervals for preventive care, especially if you have recently undergone full-mouth debridement. For more information about full-mouth debridement and to schedule your appointment with our dentist, please contact us today.
Occasionally, Dr. Glenn M. Wilson may examine your mouth and find it necessary to provide you with a more thorough dental cleaning. This deeper dental cleaning is known as prophylaxis. To schedule an appointment with our dentist and learn more about the benefits of prophylaxis in New Milford, Connecticut, call us today at 860-354-3737.
Prophylaxis involves a more intensive cleaning routine than regular dental cleanings. Even if you have perfect oral hygiene habits, it is impossible to protect the sections of your teeth that lie below the gum line. Prophylaxis removes the tartar and plaque that builds up below the gum line and in areas of your mouth that are difficult to reach.
Our dentist will scale your tooth and polish it to make it smoother and less likely to attract bacteria and other harmful deposits in the future. This helps prevent gum disease from worsening and begins the healing process to restore your oral health. Our dentist may also take the opportunity to check your mouth for any other problematic developments below the gum line, such as tooth decay.
If you have periodontal disease, you should receive deep dental cleanings on a regular basis to help prevent more severe damage from gum disease and bone loss in the future. Our dentist will evaluate your mouth to determine the severity of your periodontal disease and recommend a schedule of regular treatments to help keep your mouth free from gum disease.
After completing treatment for gum disease, our dentist will set up a schedule of regular appointments so that you can continue to receive periodontal maintenance and keep your gum disease under control. Periodontal maintenance involves returning to our office every 12 weeks for a deep dental cleaning. These appointments occur at intervals of 12 weeks because the bacteria that cause gum disease begin to flourish within a three to 12 week period. By removing plaque, biofilm and harmful bacteria at the 12 week mark, we can keep gum disease under control and prevent further damage to your smile and oral health.
We strongly encourage you to visit our office for periodontal maintenance, and to minimize your risk of periodontal disease through good oral hygiene at home, a nutritious diet and by avoiding smoking or using other tobacco products.
Periodontal disease, when left untreated, can result in tooth loss, bone loss and gum recession. We are committed to helping you keep this condition under control so that you can enjoy better oral health and a confident smile.
For more information about periodontal maintenance in New Milford, Connecticut, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Glenn M. Wilson, call our office today at 860-354-3737.