Periodontist Dr. David Weinstock provides personalized treatment plans for varying stages of gum disease. Dr. Weinstock is a highly trained periodontist with years of experience treating patients with varying stages of gum disease. Treating gum disease is one of the dental services that Dr. Weinstock provides.
The Dangers of Periodontal Disease
Bacterial plaque is a soft, sticky, toxic mass that attaches to teeth along and underneath the gum line. If you do not remove the plaque with regular brushing and flossing, it hardens and becomes tartar or calculus. As the tartar develops, it forms a cohesive bond with the root surface of the tooth. Tartar can only be removed by the dentist or hygienist through scaling and root planing (SRP). If left untreated, gum disease will progress through various stages causing a lot of damage to your teeth, gums, and the underlying bone. Tooth loss, gum recession, and bone loss is likely. Periodontal disease can even affect your overall health. There have been many studies done that have linked it to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more.
Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Like most dental health concerns, early diagnosis helps create a plan for effective and conservative treatment options before more advanced issues surface. Remember, sometimes you may not even know you have periodontal issues because it is a silent disease in its early stages. If you notice any of the following changes in your oral health, be sure to contact our Bala Cynwyd dentist office.
- Bleeding gums
- Chronic halitosis
- Loose teeth
- Shifting of teeth
- Change in the fit of oral appliance
- Swollen gums
- Receding gums
Treating Gum Disease
Healthy gums are the basis of good oral health. Your gum health is essential in maintaining the integrity and structure of your smile. Your dentist will determine which treatment is best for you based on the progression of the disease.
Dr. Weinstock will also take into consideration any other oral health concerns you may have developed. Treating gum disease requires cleaning the gums and deep tissue pockets of bacteria and tartar so that the gums can properly heal.
Preventative Dental Hygiene
You can take preventative measures that will prevent or slow the progression of gum disease. Twice daily brushing and flossing are every patient’s first defense against the development of gum disease.
If you need tips on proper techniques, our compassionate staff will be happy to give you some pointers. Preventative dental care is also a big factor in preventing gum disease. Visiting Dr. Weinstock at least twice a year for professional dental cleanings can remove tartar you can not reach with your daily oral hygiene routine.
Scaling & Root Planing
If gum disease has already begun to develop, Dr. Weinstock may recommend scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing (SRP) refers to the meticulous polishing of the tooth surface and cleaning of roots and the surrounding tissues. It establishes a healthy environment necessary for healing.
Gum Disease FAQs
Can gum disease cause tooth loss?
Yes. Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease and can lead to tooth loss. Gum disease attacks soft gum tissue and jawbone. Your teeth will become loose and can die off if you do not address your periodontitis.
Can gum disease be reversed?
Yes! Gum disease is largely preventable and reversible. Most patients with gum disease can seek treatment from their dentist. Treatment typically involves non-invasive procedures that may not necessarily include oral surgery.
Is gum disease contagious?
No. Gum disease is not contagious. You can not transfer it to another person through kissing if you have the disease. Although, this is not to say that bacteria that cause gum disease can not be shared. Be sure to let your dentist know if you think you may have gum disease.
In more advanced cases of periodontitis, more treatments can help alleviate symptoms. Schedule a dental exam and periodontal evaluation with Dr. Weinstock today.