Woburn, MA dentist offers gum disease treatment
Gum disease strikes over 75 percent of adults at some point in their lives. Without you even being aware of it, lurking somewhere under your beautiful smile could be signs of periodontitis. For patients in Woburn, MA, Dr. Moutevelis and associates at Four Corners Dental Care offer gum disease treatment options for all stages of the disease.
What is gum disease?
Periodontal disease begins as plaque on the teeth. The plaque allows bacteria to spread through the mouth and into the gums. The gums become inflamed, red, and swollen. This stage is called gingivitis and is the most common stage of the disease. If gingivitis is left untreated, it leads to periodontitis. At this point, the infected gums begin to pull away from the teeth which allows bacteria to further spread into the teeth and gums. Late stages of periodontitis causes damage to the teeth, gums, bone, and underlying tissues. Tooth loss is possible when gum disease goes untreated.
Non-surgical treatment options
It is important to recognize the signs of gum disease and to seek early treatment. The earlier a problem is caught, the better as it prevents the disease from spreading. Treatment options for periodontal disease may include:
- Patient education
- Good oral hygiene
- Deep cleaning
- Laser therapy
- Gum grafting
Laser dentistry may be one of the first treatment recommendations. Laser treatment allows the dentist to remove built up plaque, bacteria, and infected tissue around the teeth and gums. The teeth can even be cleaned beneath the gums and around the root. The laser gently cleanses the teeth leaving the soft tissue undamaged. Bacteria is destroyed on contact. Although minimally invasive, laser procedures are safe, effective non-surgical treatment options for gum disease. Following good oral health habits after the procedure helps prevent future inflammation.
Good oral health habits are crucial. If you are experiencing symptoms of periodontal disease, contact Dr. Moutevelis and associates. Call Four Corners Dental Care today for an appointment. (781) 315-4456
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