Are your gums constantly bleeding after brushing? We can reverse the symptoms of gingivitis with periodontal treatments in our Jacksonville dentist office!
Dr. Alexander provides periodontal therapy in Jacksonville, FL. Periodontics is a specialty of dentistry that deals mostly with treating and preventing gum disease. Periodontal disease attacks the supporting structures of your teeth. Our dentist in Jacksonville, FL will evaluate your tooth structure and put a plan in place to remove infected tissue and deep-clean your gums. We will only recommend the best dental treatment options for your needs.
We can stop your bleeding gums in as little as one visit to our general dentist office.
Gum disease is a serious problem affecting an estimated 75% of adults. The key to healthy gums is having an established oral health routine. This includes daily brushing, flossing, regular, professional dental cleanings, and examinations.
The number one cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. Once a tooth is lost to gum disease, the options for replacing the tooth can be expensive and may require multiple procedures. We strive to treat each patient with the most conservative treatment plan. We will promptly identify and address any issues to prevent future damage and oral health problems.
If there is significant disease or damage to your teeth, Dr. Alexander may recommend a tooth extraction. Although, in this case, tooth extraction is a last resort. We strive to keep your natural teeth as healthy as possible. Most extractions can take place in our office with the aid of nitrous oxide.
For severe cases that can not be handled in our office, Dr. Alexander may recommend the best certified local periodontist or oral surgeon in the area.
Causes & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Poor oral hygiene is just one cause of gum disease. Sometimes, it’s caused by factors not even under your control. Other causes may include:
- Smoking or tobacco use
- Genetic factors
- Pregnancy and hormonal changes in women
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
- Poor nutrition, obesity, or disease such as diabetes
Gum disease is known as a “silent disease” because most patients don’t experience pain or obvious symptoms until the condition progresses. Thus, you may have some form of gum disease and not even know it! Visit Alexander Dentistry for a periodontal checkup. Common signs of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen, or sore gums
- Bleeding when brushing, flossing, or eating
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Pus between gums and teeth
- Sores in the mouth
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Changes in the occlusion (bite), including changes in the fit of dentures
While tooth loss is a major concern regarding gum disease, it can also contribute to many other serious health concerns, including heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy-related problems, and more.
Periodontal Therapy FAQs
Periodontal therapy is crucial to maintaining gum disease. Learn more about this treatment by reading the answers to these frequently asked questions.
Does periodontal therapy hurt?
Periodontal therapy can involve extensive deep cleaning, which brings discomfort. However, we numb the entire area with a local anesthetic before performing the procedure. We also offer multiple sedation options if you’re a patient with dental fear or want an extra precaution during your treatment. You won’t feel any pain during the procedure, but the area may be sore for a few days after.
Is a periodontis patient a patient for life?
Unfortunately, yes. This is why it’s so crucial to catch the condition in the early stages. Gingivitis is the only form of gum disease that can be completely reversed. Once you progress to the other stages, it can only be managed. We’ll work with you throughout the course of your condition to ensure that we’re managing it as best as possible. Our goal is to avoid recurrance of the severe symptoms.
How long does it take to stabilize periodontal disease?
To keep your condition stabilized, we recommend visiting the dentist every three months. These cleanings will be more intensive than your typical dental checkup. They’ll be periodontal cleanings, ensuring that gum pockets are rid of debris and bacteria. Regularly getting these cleanings is essential to manage the condition so it doesn’t get worse.
Does my dental insurance cover periodontal therapy?
Yes, your insurance usually covers periodontal therapy because it’s important for your oral health. We’ll submit a claim with your insurance company so that you don’t have to worry about any of the paperwork.
What happens if I don’t get periodontal therapy for my condition?
Periodontal disease doesn’t get better if you avoid treatment. It also has serious consequences. You may experience pain, severe bad breath, trouble biting and chewing, and can even lose your teeth. It’s imperative that you seek treatment as soon as you experience any symptoms.
Do I need periodontal therapy?
One of the biggest warning signs of gum disease is frequently bleeding gums. The early signs don’t carry any pain or other red flags, so it’s important to schedule an appointment immediately if your gums are breathing regularly. You may also start to experience pain and a distinctive smell to your bad breath as the condition progresses. Schedule an appointment if you have any concerns.
Schedule a Worry-free Dental Exam & Consultation
The best way to fight gum disease is through prevention. Establishing a regular oral health routine that includes professional dental care will ensure your smile will be happy and healthy. To prevent gum disease, contact your dentist in Jacksonville, FL, Dr. Alexander! Schedule your consultation online, or call us at 904-901-4302 today.