It is estimated that nearly all American adults will experience gum disease at some point in their lives. In many instances, treating this problem is as simple as increasing the frequency of brushing and flossing at home. In others, however, more advanced services are required. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, Garner family dentist Dr. Adam Moore encourages you to call our office at (919) 772-1811 today to schedule a general dentistry examination.
Identifying Gum Disease
Gums that are red, swollen, and bleed easily are clear indications of infection and should be brought to the attention of Dr. Moore immediately. When ignored, these symptoms of gum disease can quickly progress, resulting in:
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Gum tissue pulling away from roots
- Tooth loss
In advanced stages, gum disease can result in bone necrosis and systemic health problems including increased risks for heart disease, respiratory illness, and hypertension. To prevent these more serious consequences, it is best to contact Moore Family Dentistry as soon as mild symptoms begin.
Treating Gum Disease
The most common treatment for gum disease is scaling and root planing. With this procedure, special instruments are used to remove calculus and tartar from below the gum line, reducing inflammation and eliminating bacterial infections. Medicated mouthwashes may be used in conjunction with this treatment to help keep gums free of infection.
When appropriate, Dr. Moore may recommend treatment with the LiteTouch™ laser. This laser can eliminate bacterial infection without the need for tooth scraping – which may reduce discomfort and swelling after treatment. Which option is best for your specific needs can be discussed with Dr. Moore during your gum disease treatment consultation.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, please contact Garner family dentist Dr. Adam Moore for a treatment consultation today.