Dr. Sherman can diagnose and treat gum disease and place an emphasis on the importance of gum health in the long-term maintenance of your smile. The gums perform a key role in supporting oral health and also provide an important barrier between harmful bacteria in the mouth and the bloodstream. Healthy gum tissue supports healthy, stable teeth and is a necessary part of keeping your natural oral structure stable throughout your life.
• Gingivitis: early gum disease that is characterized by red or swollen gums, bleeding gums, increased sensitivity or irritation of the soft tissues. These symptoms are often most noticeable during tooth brushing and daily oral hygiene.
• Periodontitis: advanced gum disease will affect the gum tissue and also begin to impact the integrity of the teeth. Symptoms can include those of gingivitis as well as changes in the fit of the bite, shifting teeth, changes in the fit of an oral appliance and deep pockets between the teeth and gums.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The goal of periodontal therapy is to restore and stabilize gum health. Treatment is dependent upon the stage of your gum disease and any damage that may have occurred. For patients who may have chronic gum disease due to genetics or a medical condition, we offer personalized care for your needs to help you maintain healthy gums between visits.
Treatment for gum disease can include:
• Antibacterial rinse: the most conservative approach to early stage gingivitis, we may recommend using an anti-bacterial rinse as part of your daily oral hygiene routine to minimize plaque on the teeth and gums. This may also be prescribed as an ongoing regimen for patients with chronic gum disease.
• Scaling and root planing: a thorough cleaning of all tooth surfaces and along the gum line, scaling and root planing also removes plaque from deep pockets where tooth roots may be exposed. The goal is to remove bacteria and allow the gum tissue to begin to heal and regenerate to avoid larger problems with the teeth.
• Arestin: Antibiotics can help reduce the prevalence and severity of periodontal disease. Orally administered antibiotics, such as ARESTIN (minocycline HCl) microspheres, have been particularly useful as adjuncts in the treatment of some types of periodontitis. ARESTIN remains active in the pocket for an extended period of time to reduce pocket depth. The microspheres release antibiotic over time, targeting bacteria to reduce pocket depth, so gums can heal better.