Wake Forest, NC area dentist describes methods of gum disease treatment
You hear about gum disease. every time you visit the dentist, but what is it? Why is it important to avoid? What can it do to your smile if it is not properly treated? Dr. Edmond Suh and his team in Wake Forest, NC provide patients with the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, and our dentist offers a variety of methods for bringing the smile back to health and functionality.
Understanding gum disease
Gum disease, or “periodontal disease,” is an infection that begins in the mouth and can be carried through the bloodstream to the rest of the body. This can cause inflammation not only in the mouth but also in other organs of the body through the oral systemic connection. If gum disease develops, it needs to be diagnosed as soon as possible so that treatment can begin. It is often caused by poor oral hygiene habits, which is why it is essential for patients to brush and floss after every meal and visit their dentist at least every six months for cleanings and evaluations. Gum disease can become a serious issue, and can result in the loss of bone, gum tissue, and even natural teeth.
Treatment methods for gum disease
Gum disease is a tricky condition. Once it has advanced into the later stages, it cannot be cured, just controlled. Diagnosis at an early point is key to successful treatment. There are many different ways in which our team of professionals may decide to treat the condition based on the stage, and on a patient’s personal preferences. Here are a few of the ways in which we can help patients who have been diagnosed with periodontal disease:
- Deep cleaning – for many of our patients with the earlier stage of gum disease called gingivitis, a deep cleaning is sometimes the best place to start. Deep cleaning is done in our office by our hygienists and is a thorough treatment that can remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the surfaces of the teeth.
- Scaling and root planing – the later stages may benefit from scaling and root planing. This procedure removes plaque, tartar, and bacteria from all the surfaces of the teeth, including the roots. It is more invasive but is effective in addressing periodontitis.
- Laser treatment – thanks to advances in laser dentistry, we also offer laser treatment for combating bacteria. Our laser light can be used to kill the bacteria and reduce the infection that is present within the smile on the surfaces of the teeth and gums.
- Antibiotics – another approach our team may take is antibiotic prescription medications. We may apply the antibiotics directly to specific areas of the smile that have severe infection, or we may prescribe oral antibiotics for patients to take. This not only addresses the infection in the mouth, but can also help in treating any infection that may have carried elsewhere through the body.
Which treatment is best for me?
Deciding on the best treatment for you will vary depending on several factors. We encourage patients to consult with Dr. Edmond Suh to learn about each of these treatments. Patients with dental insurance may want to speak with our front office team who handles billing and insurance claims. By bringing in your insurance card, they will be able to find out what kind of coverage you have available, so you can choose an economical option for your smile.
Do you need treatment for gum disease?
If you have received a recent diagnosis of gum disease and are interested in comprehensive care and quality methods of treatment, we encourage you to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Edmond Suh today to learn more about the options available to you. Our practice, conveniently located at 1711 South Main Street in Wake Forest, NC, provides solutions that fit your needs. Call us at 919 556 6200 today to schedule your evaluation and speak to a professional about the best treatment to restore your smile!