Periodontal /Gum Disease Specialist

Inspiring Smiles

General, Cosmetic, & Periodontal Dentistry located in Cumming, GA

Gum, or periodontal disease, affects the tissues that hold your teeth in place. It can lead to discomfort and even tooth loss. If your gums have been painful, you might be experiencing some level of gum disease. Dr. Page Barden, DDS, MSD, of Inspiring Smiles is a trusted general dentist in Cumming, Georgia, that can help. To learn more, call the office or schedule a consultation online now.

Gum Disease Q & A

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What causes gum disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. When plaque, or bacteria, build up on the teeth and harden, soreness and pain develop. Poor brushing or flossing habits can cause gum disease, which is also referred to as periodontal disease.

There are other risk factors associated with the onset of gum disease, including:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Hormonal changes
  • Medications that lessen the flow of saliva
  • Certain illnesses, e.g. AIDS, and their associated medications
  • Genetic predisposition

What are the symptoms of gum disease?

Symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Extreme sensitivity in teeth and gums
  • Pain when chewing
  • Bad breath that persists
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Gums that swell over the teeth

How is gum disease diagnosed?

Dr. Barden examines your gums with a probe for any signs of inflammation, checking the space and depth around the teeth. He will also ask about your prior medical history in order to identify any preexisting conditions or potential risk factors that may contribute to gum disease. X-rays may also take place during this visit in order for Dr. Barden to decide whether there appears to be any bone loss occurring. There are varying levels of gum disease, and Dr. Barden will determine under which category you fall.

What are the types of gum disease?

Three main types of gum disease exist.

Mild Periodontitis

This can usually be treated with a thorough cleaning called scaling and root planing. This treatment, combined with superior oral hygiene practices at home, is usually successful.

Moderate Periodontitis

Moderate periodontitis may require surgical treatment. This may involve respective surgeries, or reshaping the gums to fit the teeth, thereby encouraging lost bone to regrow.

Severe Periodontitis

Tooth loss is a possibility with severe periodontitis, despite dentist-intervention. It will likely require surgery and, in some instances, antibiotics.

What does treatment consist of?

The main goal for the treatment of gum disease is to control the infection. Daily care of the teeth and gums becomes extraordinarily important during the treatment phase (e.g., brushing and flossing) to get the teeth and gums back to a good place. Dr. Barden may also suggest that certain changes occur, including, but not limited to, quitting smoking or changing diet.

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST®™) is an innovative treatment that Dr. Barden utilizes. Invented and patented by John Chao, DDS, it’s an incision-free, suture-free procedure that treats gum recession.

During the procedure, a specifically designed needle makes a small pinhole, which gently loosens the gum tissue and glides it over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no incision or suturing, patients can expect minimal postoperative symptoms. This method is a great option for instant cosmetic improvement for those gum disease plagues.

The staff at Inspiring Smiles understands that keeping your gums and teeth healthy isn’t always as simple as brushing and flossing daily. Whether you’ve been experiencing pain, or are simply hoping to make your smile a little more beautiful, Dr. Barden at Inspiring Smiles can help. Call today or schedule an appointment online.