If you only focus on your teeth, you may not have your healthy smile too long. You need healthy gums as well, which is why our general dental care includes gum disease treatment in Athens, GA. Proper periodontal care is important to:We work toward preventing the pain Read Transcript
Okay, so when they come in for the initial visit, we try to make sure that if they're coming in for a complete examination or they're concerned about their whole mouths, or even if they're not. Say they come in as an emergency. If we see that they're having some type of issue with their gums, a lot of times people come in and say, “Oh, my gums hurt,” and that's a dental or a periodontal full mouth issue: gum, tooth, tissue, bone.
So, when we discover those type of things, we generally want them to come back through hygiene, or we try to move them over to hygiene in the same day if we're able to, so that we can do a full examination of the bone and the tissue and the tooth. And then we make suggestions based on what their issue is. Sometimes they're not as bad as they think they are, sometimes they're worse than they think they are.
So we just try to educate. I'm a big, big proponent of education. If you don't know what's going on in your mouth or why, then it's hard for you to really be concerned about why you want to fix it.
A lot of times people come in, “I'm in pain,” they just want to treat the pain. But if you explain why they're having the pain, then it helps them either to want to have the treatment done, and then, at the same time, help them to prevent this from happening again to have the pain. So, preventing gum disease is just one of those things that we actually do.
- Keep your teeth intact
- Preserve your oral health
- Fight bad breath
- Potentially reduce your risk of heart disease
Gum health is essential to a great smile and can affect your overall health as well. Our team at McRae Family Dental wants to keep your gums in good shape. Schedule an appointment with us by calling the location that is most convenient for you:
Restore Your Periodontal Health
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States, and nearly half of American adults have a periodontal problem. This helps explain why taking care of your gums is vital to your oral health. The best option is preventive care, which should include brushing, flossing, and getting dental cleanings and exams.
If you do need gum treatment, here’s what we can do:
- Scaling – This is similar to what we do during a routine cleaning, but we go deeper to remove tartar from below your gumline around the roots of your teeth.
- Root Planing – After the tartar is removed, planing will smooth the surface of the roots, which helps the gums to reattach.
- LANAP – By using our Millennium lasers, we can remove infected tissue without sutures and while preserving more of your healthy gum tissue. Our Fotona laser can treat gum disease painlessly as well.
- Perio Protect® – This noninvasive treatment uses custom trays to apply medication for fighting the bacteria that cause periodontal infections.
Seek Help For These Gum Disease Symptoms
Healthy gums feel firm and look pink. As infection sets in, your gums may look puffy or redder than usual. They might bleed when you brush or floss (particularly if you don’t floss regularly). If the infection gets worse, you may feel soreness. You may have bad breath, and your gums might recede. In time, your teeth can begin to feel loose.
Don’t lose your smile. Get gum disease treatment in Athens, GA at the first sign of a problem. Schedule a visit to McRae Family Dental. Call the office nearest to you: