Gum Disease Treatment
Welcome to Innovative Dental in Philadelphia, PA, where your oral health is our top priority. Gum disease, often a silent threat to your dental well-being, is a condition we take seriously. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through understanding, diagnosing, and managing gum disease. Read on to learn more about gum disease, how we diagnose and manage it, and why proactive care is crucial for maintaining a healthy smile.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a serious oral condition that needs to be diagnosed and addressed as soon as symptoms arise. Patients who are dealing with gum disease may never be able to “cure” it, but many will be able to undergo an extensive treatment plan and specialized at-home care that can improve the condition and keep it from worsening to the point of resulting in irreversible damage.
Many times patients are not aware there is a problem because gum disease is rarely painful. It can progress gradually and is usually hidden from sight. Patients may even take for granted some key signs of the disease, such as bleeding gums when they brush or floss. You may see blood when you rinse after brushing. You may have a bad odor or taste in your mouth.
Gum Disease Diagnosis
As part of our new patient examination, we do a full periodontal charting and workup. During this examination, we will determine and diagnose if gum disease is present. In order to do this, we will:
- Take measurements around the gums, looking for pockets and measuring pocket depth
- Check for signs of bleeding and irritation
- Look for gum recession
- Check for any loose or mobile teeth in the mouth
- Determine the overall condition of the gums
- Take several x-rays to examine the condition of the mouth underneath the gums
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Our Approach To Fighting Gum Disease
Many patients who haven’t been to the dentist for quite some time may come in for a simple cleaning, but will undergo extensive examination to ensure that there is not an underlying problem that is happening. When our team of experts examine the patient, we will check to make sure there are no signs of gum disease or periodontal disease that may wreak havoc on the patient’s smile and will do everything possible to inform the patient of the problem and what they can do to improve it.
We also focus on providing patients with patient education. Teaching his patients about the signs and symptoms to look for when it comes to periodontal disease will assist them in knowing when they need to see the dentist. Patients will have a better understanding of the severity of the problem and the importance of good oral hygiene and will know when it’s time for a check-up.
It is very important that our team creates a specific treatment plan for patients who are undergoing treatment for gum disease. Our hygienists are trained to also teach patients the proper ways to care for their teeth, and how to effectively brush and floss every day. Each treatment plan is made specifically for the individual patient’s particular needs and focuses on what they need to address.
Let’s Fight Gum Disease Together
At Innovative Dental, we are committed to fighting gum disease and promoting oral health. Our experienced team is here to provide personalized care and support. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation appointment and take the first step toward a healthier, happier smile!