Periodontics

Non-Surgical Gum Disease TreatmentPatient with gum bleeding and swelling being examined by dentist for gum disease

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is the top cause of tooth loss in adults. Symptoms often include:

  • Bleeding and swelling
  • Gum recession
  • Food packing between the teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Tooth mobility and loss

Gum disease is caused when bacterial plaque and tartar accumulate below the gumlines, causing the gum tissues to detach from the tooth. This creates a “pocket” below the gums and also leads to the loss of bone support. Gradually the pocket deepens and the teeth become mobile.

It’s More than Just Your Smile

Gum disease doesn’t just destroy your smile – it’s also directly linked with serious health conditions like:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Infertility

By eliminating the oral bacteria caused by gum disease, your immune system becomes stronger and more effective in managing dozens of other types of health conditions.

Eliminating Gum Disease

At Vanguard Dental Solutions we offer periodontal therapy techniques that remove the disease-causing bacteria and assist in rehabilitating your gums back to normal health. With a healthy environment and dedicated home care, your gum tissues have the opportunity to re-attach to your teeth, halting the disease process.

These deep cleanings are performed by one of our Registered Dental Hygienists, typically with the use of local anesthesia (although oral sedation is also an option.) Once thoroughly cleaned, we will monitor your progress every 3 to 4 months until symptoms of gum disease improve.

Diagnosing Periodontal Disease

Before and after of periodontal (gum) diseaseHow can you know whether or not you have gum disease? During your checkup, we will conduct a periodontal assessment to screen for areas of gum detachment. If you have not had this done in the past, or you are beginning to experience symptoms of gum disease – call us right away. Early care is essential for battling the infection and preventing tooth loss.

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