Reno Gum Disease Treatment You Can Trust
Periodontal care is essential to your oral health, especially when the infection goes beyond what your home hygiene care alone can manage. Increased bacteria can cause gum disease and far-reaching dental issues that need attention from dedicated professionals. At TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Nevada, Dr. J. Brian Allman provides expert care using innovative technology to restore your optimal oral health.
Since 1986, our expert team has helped our Reno, Sparks, and surrounding Nevada communities treat the many issues caused by gum disease. We are located on W Peckham Lane between Grand Drive and Baker Lane. Our holistic approach focuses on promoting your total health and wellness using modern science and traditional knowledge. Call to set up your consultation today!
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What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, is one of the most prevalent dental conditions in adults. It is caused by the accumulation of bacteria on your teeth and gums, resulting in infection and inflammation. There are four different stages of gum disease:
Inflammation or Gingivitis: The primary sign of the disease is the bleeding of gums during brushing or flossing. Inflammation around the base of your teeth and tenderness can also be present. Professional treatments are highly successful at this stage and usually consist of regular cleanings and better home hygiene.
Mild Periodontal Disease: During this stage of periodontal disease, your gums will pull away or recede from your teeth, causing small pockets to develop between your gums and teeth. The pockets harbor harmful bacteria that eventually cause infection. At this stage, you will experience bleeding and possibly some bone loss.
Moderate Periodontal Disease: If the condition is not addressed, it progresses to this stage where pain, bleeding, and gum recession becomes more pronounced. Your teeth will also begin to lose some bone support and become loose. The infection at this stage can cause an inflammatory response in your body.
Advanced Periodontal Disease: At this advanced stage, the connective tissue that holds your teeth in place will begin to deteriorate. If the disease gets to this stage, you will experience severe bad breath and pain, especially when chewing. You are also more likely to lose teeth.
What Causes Periodontitis?
The primary cause of periodontitis is poor dental hygiene. If plaque is not removed either by brushing or professional cleaning, it will build up and harden into tartar. This encourages even more bacterial growth towards the root. Your body's immune response to this is what leads to the inflammation of your gums.
Symptoms of periodontitis include:
- Red, tender or swollen gums
- Pain when chewing
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Bad taste in your mouth
- Receding gums
- Change in teeth position
- Tooth loss
How Periodontal Health Affects Overall Health
In moderate to advanced periodontal disease cases, bacteria from the pockets between your gums and teeth can enter your bloodstream. This can increase your risk of health problems related to heart disease, diabetes, respiratory issues, and cancer.
If you are suffering from periodontitis, regular appointments are essential to treat the condition. If you follow our dental hygiene regimen, you can improve your oral health and regain a confident, beautiful smile.
Periodontal Exams and Cleanings
Periodontal exams are vital to your oral health. Our experienced team can assess your teeth and gums and provide effective intervention. This exam is followed by a professional dental cleaning, where we use specialized tools to remove plaque and tartar. A final polishing helps to eliminate stains and any remaining plaque, followed by an application of fluoride to strengthen your teeth.
During your exam, we will check for a variety of health indicators, including:
- Lumps and other abnormalities in your mouth
- Missing or loose teeth
- Color, texture, shape, and size of your gums
- Plaque and tartar on your teeth
- Depth of the space between your teeth and gums
Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment Options
If periodontal disease is in the early stages, our non-invasive treatment options are the best way to stop the progression of the disease and help your body repair any damage. These options include:
- Scaling and Root Planing: This is a procedure where the root surface is carefully cleaned to remove plaque and tartar from tissue pockets and smooth the tooth exterior. This procedure is sometimes followed by antibiotic therapy if needed. You may not need additional treatment after scaling and root planing, although ongoing maintenance therapy is required most of the time.
- Antibiotic Treatment: This treatment uses a custom-fit tray to deliver prescribed medication to reduce inflammation and block the proteins that can destroy connective tissue. This method is a safe and effective means of treating gum disease.
What You Can Do to Stop Periodontal Disease
Gum disease can be stopped or slowed with proper plaque control through regular flossing, brushing, and professional cleaning, as recommended by our team. Some lifestyle choices you can make to encourage periodontal health include:
- Stop smoking: Tobacco use is a key risk factor in the development of periodontitis. Smoking can make you more susceptible to disease, and it also lowers your chances of successful treatments.
- Reduce stress: Stress makes it more difficult for your body's immune system to fight off the infection.
- Maintain a well-balanced diet: Proper nutrition strengthens your immune system to ward off infection. Fresh, organic vegetables and fruits are rich in antioxidants that help you heal faster. Protein and calcium are critical in rebuilding tissue and bones.
- Avoid clenching, and grinding teeth: Clenching and grinding exert excess pressure on your teeth and gums and slow down the healing process.
Periodontal Disease Treatment in Reno
At TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Nevada, we help you protect your health with our gentle care and the use of modern technology. Dr. Allman and our knowledgeable staff will make you confident and comfortable with gentle treatments and five-star service.
Contact us directly for a comprehensive consultation and to learn more about what periodontal treatment in Reno can do to improve your health and wellness. Call us today!
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