GUM DISEASE

Gum disease is often painless until it has wreaked severe havoc on your teeth.

Gum Disease Winston Salem Dentist Office

Imagine a telephone pole. If we remove a couple wheelbarrows full of dirt per day from the base of the pole, what will happen to it? The telephone pole will lose stability and eventually fall over!

Gum disease affects your teeth in a similar way. Severe cases can cause your teeth to loosen and eventually fall out!

The main difference between the telephone pole example and gum disease? The damage to the telephone pole is openly visible. Your gums cover the damage disease is inflicting on your teeth. It can make your gums enlarge with inflammation and cover more of the damage. Unfortunately, you may not know you have it until it’s too late.

Imagine if your gums were transparent and you could actually see the bone loss disease causes. I’m sure you would be convinced to seek treatment!

About Gum Disease

Gum disease causes problems that extend far beyond your teeth. According to perio.org studies show a relationship between the disease and overall health, including a link to:

  • Heart disease
  • Strokes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Respiratory disease
  • Diabetes
  • … and even some forms of cancer!

If you suspect you may have gum disease, it’s important to talk to your dentist as soon as you can. Don’t put off your dental exam. There could be major consequences for your health.

  • Do you have swollen or tender gums that bleed when you floss or brush too closely?
  • Are some of your teeth beginning to loosen or separate?
  • Has it been more than 2 to 3 years since you saw a dentist for a thorough evaluation?

If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, your dentist should evaluate you for gum disease.

We use a procedure Scaling and Root Planing to treat your gum disease. We remove the hard and soft deposits which accumulate below your gum line. During this procedure, we use local dental anesthetic.

Many patients refer to the procedure as a deep cleaning, though it is a true therapy for gum disease and not just a cleaning.

Our office often utilizes Arestin in conjunction with our gum disease treatment. Arestin is an FDA approved antibiotic powder we place just below the gumline. Arestin fights the bacteria which causes gum disease for up to 21 days. This is a critical period of recovery following treatment. Medical insurance frequently covers most or all the cost of Arestin.

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If you haven’t visited a dentist or hygienist in awhile, call our Winston Salem dental office today at 336-765-3357 for a thorough evaluation. We want to ensure you stay safe from the hidden threat of disease.

Your comfort comes first here at Distinctively Dental, let us show you how.