Preserve Your Teeth for a Lifetime
Gum Disease is the Leading Cause of Tooth Loss in Adults
Do you have signs of gum disease? Bad breath, bleeding gums, or sore, swollen tissues that hurt to floss? You may have gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.
Gum disease causes more adults to lose their teeth during their lifetime than tooth decay. Fortunately, the earliest stages of gum disease like gingivitis are completely reversible! Smile by Design offers different levels of gum disease therapy to help you regain control over the health of your mouth.
Treating Gum Disease
Gum disease is an infection caused by soft and calcified bacterial deposits under the gumlines. This buildup collects over time if it is not thoroughly removed through proper brushing and flossing. As the deposits collect on the surface of the root, the body senses bacteria and the immune system attacks the area in an attempt to eliminate this infection. As a result, the gums detach from the tooth, and the bone structure follows. Slowly, the gums recede and the teeth loosen, until finally they are lost completely. Smile by Design patients can expect detailed, combination therapies that help eliminate all sources of infection, allowing them the best possible treatment outcome.
Address Symptoms of Gum Disease As Soon As Possible
The earlier treatment occurs, the better chance you have of successfully reversing your gum disease. Bone loss is permanent, so early intervention is key. With professional cleanings, or deep cleanings, the bacterial deposits causing your infection can be removed, allowing your gum tissue a chance to heal. We provide several types of appointment at Smile by Design, including preventive, debridement, scaling and root planing, and periodontal maintenance, depending on your level of oral health. Dr. Tam can explain all of these options to you, and help you understand which one is right for you.
Have Your Teeth Cleaned Regularly
How long has it been since you’ve had your teeth cleaned? Visible tartar buildup on the teeth and swelling of the gums are an indicator that you may have active gum disease. Dr. Tam will conduct a thorough screening to assess your level of healthy bone tissue and check for infection. Then he can see what type of cleaning is necessary to help you get your gum health back on track! If necessary, we provide comprehensive Smile by Design treatment plans outlining your step-by-step therapies to reverse your periodontal disease.
In most scenarios, moderate to severe gum disease treatment involves a deep cleaning that is performed over 1 or 2 visits, as well as regular maintenance visits to help control your disease conditions. Our patients know that their comfort is a priority to us, so Smile by Design takes the necessary steps to make your entire visit as smooth and easy as possible.