At New Image Dentistry, we work diligently to prevent gum disease in our patients. Gum disease is a common condition and most adults will suffer from some form of gum disease during their lifetime. The challenge is that gum disease can lead to bone and tooth loss, making it incredibly important to both prevent and treat it. If you live in Franklin or the surrounding area, we can examine you and let you know if you are showing any signs of the condition, along with making recommendations for how to prevent it. To schedule an appointment, call (615) 591-4490.
There are several reasons for gum disease to develop as our mouth is full of bacteria, the most common being a build-up of plaque and tartar. Bacteria will form a colorless coating on our teeth called “plaque”, which eventually leads to a harder substance, called “tartar”. Tartar that has built up over time can lead to gingivitis (red, swollen gums) and periodontitis (inflammation around the tooth causing gums to “pull away” from the tooth). Tartar can only be removed by a dental professional such as a dentist or hygienist, so it is critical to contact a dental professional if you have symptoms of gingivitis or periodontitis.There are other risk factors to consider like pregnancy, diabetes, and smoking, since they restrict blood flow to the gums, causing them to swell.
We recommend doing what you can to prevent gum disease so you do not experience discomfort or additional health problems. One of the best ways to prevent this condition is to keep your teeth clean. At New Image Dentistry, we encourage our Franklin patients to brush their teeth two to three times a day and to do so in a circular pattern, moving food particles and plaque away from the gums toward the center of the mouth. You also need to floss on a daily basis, and be sure to reach all the way down, rather than stopping at your gum line. Using an antiseptic mouthwash can also help kill lingering bacteria.
You also need to have your teeth cleaned at least twice per year. It is difficult to remove all of the plaque at home, and tartar is too hard to remove by brushing and flossing. We can remove both plaque and tartar in our dental office and reduce your risk of gum disease. Simultaneously, we recommend that you stop smoking, keep your blood sugar under control, and drink plenty of water, since this can also help improve your gum health.
Some of the most common signs of gum disease are:
If you notice any of these symptoms, we recommend that you call (615) 591-4490 to schedule an examination with our dental office.
There are several ways to treat gum disease, and what we recommend will be based on how far the condition has progressed. To start, we typically recommend that our patients have a comprehensive examination with the doctor. If you are only at the beginning stages of the condition, Dr. Blourchian will recommend the proper treatment protocol to promptly return your gums to good health. However, if the condition has progressed beyond certain limits, you may need:
Severe gum disease can drastically and negatively impact your oral health. As gum disease progresses, your gums will swell and then begin to recede or pull away from your tooth structure. This is problematic because the more of your teeth and roots that are exposed, the more likely it is that bacteria will begin to attack them. Simultaneously, your jawbone can also be negatively impacted and begin to lose its density.
If you do suffer from bone loss, you may need a bone grafting procedure. During a bone graft, we place synthetic bone in the area where you experienced loss to encourage bone growth. This can be a necessary procedure when you have experienced enough bone loss to negatively impact the health and stability of your other teeth or the appearance of your face. Once Dr. Blourchian completes a comprehensive evaluation and reviews your x-rays, he will determine if bone grafting is necessary in your case. However, if you identify signs of gum disease and treat it early, you are likely to prevent the need for this procedure.
If you suspect that you may have gum disease because your gums are red, swollen, or receding, call our dental office right away. At New Image Dentistry, we can examine you, let you know if gum disease is present, and make recommendations regarding how to treat it.