Periodontitis: Your Gum's Worst Enemy
Do you know most common reason for tooth loss today is periodontal (gum) disease?
Approximately 80% of the adult has some form of gum disease, ranging from mild gingivitis to advance periodontal disease. It is a silent killer of teeth as it is rarely painful and hidden from sight. With periodontitis, damage to bone and gum had begun. Without treatment, this can escalate to moderate or advanced periodontitis in which extensive bone and tissue loss occurs. Here are some symptoms you may notice.
- Bleeding gum--Do your gum bleed when you brush or floss?
- Do you see blood when you rinse after brushing?
- Pus, oozing from you gum? Puffy, swollen, red gum?
- Bad breath? Bad taste in you mouth?
- Are your teeth loose or do you notice spaces growing between them?
- Is there a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite?
This insidious disease can wreak havoc on your social and professional life.
Easiest thing to do is to prevent gum disease with good home care and regular preventive care at dentist's office. However, if gum disease is present, the sooner it is treated the better.
We offer non-surgical gum treatment (root planing) which removes palque and tartar below the gum line and follow that with more frequent cleaning and monitoring, every 3-4 months rather than every 6 months.
What is the difference between root planing and regular teeth cleaning, and why is it done?
Root planing or deep cleaning is a non-surgical procedure performed to slow down or stop adverse affect of periodontal disease. It involved cleaning below the gum line and smooths the root surface of your teeth. It also removed retained tartar. When root surface is smooth, the gum will usually re-attach to the root, this in turn stopping bacteria from spread. Therefore periodontal condition is stabilized. Regular teeth cleaning only removed plaque stain and tartar above the gum line.
Is the procedure painful?
No, it is not. Root planing or deep cleaning is done under local anesthetic. You may feel some discomfort after anesthetic wear off, such as soreness, and some bleeding of the gum. The symptom usually subsides within a day or two.
After gum treatment, don't forget consistent home care and follow up with regular checkup and cleaning.
Fei Hwang, D.D.S. Family and General dentist serving Milpitas, San Jose, Fremont, Santa Clara and surround Bay Area. We treat periodontal disease.