Periodontal Therapy to Improve Your Oral and Overall Health
An infection of the gum tissue, otherwise known as periodontal or gum disease, can advance to infect the bone that holds your teeth in place. Gum disease is a common oral health concern affecting millions of individuals every year. As the condition worsens, teeth become loose, and may eventually require extraction. For patients suffering from gum disease, Dr. Emma Wu provides vital periodontal therapy at her North Andover, MA, practice. Her treatments can restore gum health, and repair or remove damaged tissue to help you maintain healthy gums.
About Periodontal Disease
Gum disease can develop in patients of all ages from a variety of factors. The condition commonly occurs because of poor dental hygiene. Without regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, bacteria can accumulate on tooth surfaces and in the pockets between tooth roots and gums. As this bacteria builds, plaque and tartar can develop, leading to irritation and infection of the surrounding soft tissue. Other factors that can lead to gum disease include genetic susceptibility, age, diabetes, and smoking.
In the early stages, periodontal disease is known as gingivitis, and often leads to the gums being red, swollen, irritated, and prone to bleeding. However, if left untreated, the condition can progress into periodontitis. This stage causes the gums to pull away from teeth, creating deeper gum pockets that often become infected. This infection can cause the gums and surrounding bone tissue to deteriorate, leading to a serious risk of complete tooth loss. In addition, gum disease has been linked to chronic bad breath, and more serious concerns such as stroke, heart attack, pneumonia, and other conditions.
Diagnosing Gum Disease
In the early stages of periodontal disease, there may be no symptoms, or symptoms may be mild enough to go unnoticed. As the condition worsens, common signs may include:
- Red, swollen gums
- Sensitive teeth
- Pain when chewing
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
Dr. Wu and her experienced staff can diagnose gum disease by measuring the depth of gum pockets, as well as observing any symptoms that may be present. Our team will always try to prevent gum disease from developing, but can provide treatment once damage has occurred.
“Dr. Wu is dedicated to providing the least invasive treatment possible for each patient and their unique needs. She uses advanced laser dentistry to perform procedures with precision and minimal discomfort.”
Gentle, Effective Treatment
In the early stages, gum disease can often be treated without the need for surgery. Dr. Wu is dedicated to providing the least invasive treatment possible for each patient and their unique needs. She also uses advanced laser dentistry to perform procedures with precision and minimal discomfort.
A common non-surgical treatment for gum disease is scaling and root planing. These two procedures are often referred to together as a deep cleaning. During treatment, we will first remove all buildups of plaque and tartar from areas that are difficult to reach and from below the gum line. We will then smooth and polish the surfaces of your teeth and tooth roots to prevent future accumulations of bacteria. Dr. Wu will often prescribe medications to help with infection.
Preserve Your Oral Health
Gum disease can lead to serious oral and overall health conditions. The best cure is prevention, but our office can provide effective care if you have developed periodontal issues. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and experience our advanced preventative and restorative care.