About Gum Disease
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for one’s teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house.
The presence of biofilm in your mouth can lead to the development of Periodontal Disease. Learn more about biofilm here.
Gum Disease Symptoms
Signs of unhealthy periodontium include:
- Gums that are red and bleed easily
- Persistent bad breath
- Gums that are pulled away from the tooth
- Loose teeth
- Changes in the position or bite of the teeth
Non-Surgical Gum Disease Treatment
Any of these may be signs of a problem. With proper gum treatments, however, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. If you’re having a problem, come in and see us so we may treat it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe, it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to have it treated at the first sign of a problem.
Laser Periodontal Treatment
When bacteria-producing plaque and decaying food particles irritate gum tissue, an infection can set in. Bad oral bacteria infiltrate the seal between teeth and gums, growing in pockets formed at the gum line. These bacteria are capable of invading the gum tissues and getting into the blood stream where it can relocate to other parts and organs of the body.
Research has shown that left untreated; gum disease can increase the risk for diabetes complications, heart disease, arthritis and many other whole-health concerns.
In order to treat this condition, the Cumming dentist, Dr. Barden, offers laser surgery with the No Cut, No Sew procedure. What does this mean to you? Healthy gums and good oral health will help you look and feel better. Call our office today and set up an appointment to discuss your particular needs.
Laser Gum Therapy
Our office utilizes the LANAP procedure to treat gum disease. This process does not involve surgery or cutting or sewing of the gums. LANAP is an FDA approved procedure and is extremely effective at addressing gum disease without the discomfort of oral surgery. Learn more about Laser Dentistry.
Dr. Barden, the Cumming dentist, is one of the most highly trained periodontal dentists in the area and places a strong emphasis on the treatment and advancements in gum disease therapies. He is a long-standing member of the American Academy of Periodontology and is the first choice in gum disease treatment in Cumming and beyond.
Contact our office for more information on gum disease treatments and to schedule an appointment with the Cumming, GA dentist, Dr. Barden.
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST®™)
The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST®™), invented and patented by John Chao, D.D.S., is an incision-free, suture-free procedure for treating gum recession. Through a small pinhole made by a needle, Dr. Chao uses specially designed instruments to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no incision or suturing, patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms (pain, swelling and bleeding). Most patients also are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement.
Dr. Barden, our Cumming GA dentist, is one of 85 people in the world licensed to perform the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®™. If you would like more information on the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique®™, please contact our office.