Gum Disease Treatment from Arch Street Dental
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While easily prevented, gum disease remains one of the most common dental conditions affecting adults throughout the United States. At Arch Street Dental, prevention and early diagnosis are key elements to protecting the health of your smile and overall wellbeing. By coordinating care with leading periodontists throughout the greater Boston community, Dr. Eka and her team provide patients with immediate and long-term treatments to gum disease.
What is Gum Disease?
Also known as periodontal disease, this condition begins with the inflammation of gum tissue caused by the accumulation of plaque on the teeth and at the gum line. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar, which creates the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and begin irritating delicate gum tissue. This first stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, is characterized by gum sensitivity and color change from a healthy pink into a bright red. While the condition is reversible in this initial phase, it can quickly progress into the next stage if left untreated.
During the second phase, known as periodontitis, irritated gum tissue begins to separate from teeth, creating gaps between the teeth and gums. Bacteria and plaque can get trapped within these pockets, causing further tissue irritation and allowing bacteria to travel below the gum line to the tissue that hold teeth in place. As a result, patients experiencing periodontitis may notice the appearance of longer teeth as well as swollen, tender, and sensitive gums. Often, many will begin to experience bleeding when brushing and flossing their teeth.
If left untreated, periodontitis can worsen into advanced periodontitis. During this stage, bacteria begins to erode the connective tissue and jaw bone that hold teeth in place. As a result, patients with this severe form of gum disease may experience tooth loss.
Beyond the dentition, gum disease can lead to a number of secondary consequences for the rest of the body. Research studies have suggested a correlation between gum disease and the development of cardiac problems, stroke, and diabetes. For pregnant women, gum disease can have an adverse effect on the health of the baby, increasing the risk of pre-term delivery and low birth weight. As a result, early diagnosis and treatment is crucial to protecting your overall wellbeing.
Treating Gum Disease
When providing care for gum disease patients, our Boston dentist coordinates care with leading periodontists throughout the region to ensure you receive the right treatment for your condition. From non-surgical treatments such as root planing and scaling to more advanced solutions such as soft tissue and bone grafting, Dr. Eka will help coordinate guide you through treatment towards a healthier smile. In cases where severe damage has been caused by gum disease, we work with leading specialists to ensure your smile regains optimal health and function.
If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, contact us today to schedule your consultation.