Every day, millions of Americans suffer from a severe dental issue – gum disease. Dentists take this condition very seriously because it not only threatens the long-term health of your teeth and gums but can also threaten the health of your entire body. Medical research has consistently found that gum disease is directly linked to many health concerns, including stroke, heart attack, and diabetes. Patients who visit Triad Dentistry can be confident that our team is vigilant in detecting signs of developing gum disease and treating it. Treatment designed at our Greensboro practice is as conservative as possible while still providing optimal results.
The fight against gum disease is a never-ending effort. Ideally, when you visit our office for an exam, we will detect developing gum disease during its earliest stage, gingivitis. When spotted early, gum disease can be reversed with a professional cleaning so that any bacteria are removed from easy-to-hide places between your teeth and gums. A deep cleaning alone may not be enough to treat all stages of gum disease. In later stages of gum disease, the application of topical antibiotics or prescribed oral antibiotics, combined with a possible scaling and root planing procedure, will minimize the effects of oral bacteria and their acidic byproduct. If gum disease goes untreated and is allowed to progress, pockets will develop between your teeth and gums. When this happens, the risk of tooth loss increases dramatically. Eventually, gum disease could put muscles, ligaments, and bone at risk. You may require minor oral surgery to reduce these pockets when this happens.
Gum disease is not a condition you want to ignore. The minor inflammation that begins when you develop early-stage gingivitis will not disappear without treatment. Only through specific and targeted care, nutritional guidance, and a focused oral hygiene plan can an infection of the gums be stopped and the symptoms reversed. If you allow your gum disease to remain untreated, it can lead to multiple secondary conditions, many of which are irreversible. One such example is bone loss, a consequence of advanced gum disease as more bone becomes affected by the infection of your gums, the less stable your teeth and the greater risk that you will experience tooth loss.
Our team at Triad Dentistry invites you to visit our Greensboro practice, where we can help you address your gum disease before it develops and advances to a point where not only your smile but your overall well-being are put at risk. Call (336) 383-1482 today to schedule your routine exam and cleaning.