Dr. Lance Skinkys, DDS

Gum Disease Treatment

Everyone is attracted to a great-looking smile, but pretty teeth don’t necessarily mean a healthy smile. The truth is that you just can’t achieve excellent oral health unless your gums are healthy, too.

Most people aren’t aware that gum disease is the leading of cause of tooth loss, affecting one out of every two American adults. When we find gum disease, we need to treat it quickly. A periodontal infection can easily spread to the tissue that supports your teeth, ultimately leading to bone and tooth loss.

The Importance of Prevention

When thinking about the impact of gum disease, it’s important to realize that the health of your mouth has a direct effect on your general wellness. Recent research has shown a definite connection between chronic diseases of the mouth and your general health.

We strongly recommend routine preventive treatments like dental exams and cleanings at our Plainfield dental office. Proper at-home oral hygiene is essential, but regular professional cleanings are necessary to remove plaque and tartar that can’t be reached by brushing and flossing. These services are the best tools we have to monitor the health of your teeth and stay one step ahead of problems like gum disease.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Do your gums bleed easily when you brush? This is one of the most common symptoms of gum disease, but there are others:

  • Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • The feeling that your teeth are becoming loose
  • Tender or inflamed gums
  • Your gums seem to be pulling away from your teeth
  • Teeth appear longer as gum tissue recedes

Deep Cleanings

When plaque and tartar are not removed during a professional cleaning, they remain on your teeth, building up between your teeth and gums. The gums gradually pull away from your teeth, opening up pockets.

Our hygienists determine the extent of infection by measuring the depth of these periodontal pockets. Depending on our findings, one of our hygienists may recommend a deep cleaning. This involves scaling or root planing, a process where plaque and tartar are gently removed and the surface of the tooth is smoothed to allow healing of gum tissue.

Contact Us to Schedule Your Next Cleaning

Most dental insurance covers all or part of routine dental exams and cleanings for you and your family. We are a provider for Cigna and a Premier provider for Delta Dental, and we’ll be happy to work with you to determine how your benefits apply to these services. If you're uninsured, you have the option of joining our reduced-fee dental membership plan. Once you pay the annual premium, you will receive basic services like x-rays, exams, and dental cleanings at no cost for one year. The plan also includes a reduction in fees for other services.

Gum disease is nothing to be embarrassed about. Many people with gum disease can take good care of their teeth and still develop an infection. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above or are overdue for a dental cleaning, please give us a call.

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