Tooth loss would be the number one reason. But we, for the overall general health principles regarding patients and periodontal disease or gum diseases, we know there is a cardiac relationship, we know there's a total systemic issue related to gum disease. So we are more in tune with treating our whole patient, not just their oral cavity with regard to their teeth and gums.
Our teaching of the patient would be to educate them with respect to how it affects their overall health and obviously the immediate needs in containing that disease so they don't lose tooth structure or bone structure and need for replacement. And so our main goal is to impress upon them the whole total body aspect of why periodontal disease is detrimental.
Depending on the patient's specific concerns and issues and status we would prescribe the appropriate treatments for them. It could be anything from just antibiotic therapies to full gum surgery modality that may be implored. One of the first complimentary tests we give our patients from our office is the oral diagnostic salivary diagnostic test that can show the patient the number of pathogens that exist so we can more target their periodontal disease concerns and treat them better.
Stages and Signs of Gum Disease
It is important to know what signs to look for when it comes to gum disease. There are two main stages of gum disease, typically with their own symptoms.
Gingivitis – Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and is also the easiest to overlook. The symptoms are mild, so they are often thought of as normal. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should schedule a time to see Dr. Tocci immediately.
- Red, Swollen Gums
- Bleeding After Brushing
- Constant Bad Breath
Periodontitis – If gingivitis is left unchecked, you may find yourself in the later stage of gum disease, called periodontitis. This is when much of the damage is done. You can destroy your gum tissue and even damage the bone structure of your face. You may also experience:
- Gum Recession
- Loose or Shifting Teeth
- Tooth Loss
- Jawbone Loss
Not all gingivitis advances to periodontitis, so proper care and treatment can help save your smile.
Tocci Dental Associates Can Help!
Our advanced gum disease treatments will help eliminate the problem-causing bacteria inside your mouth and give your gums a chance to begin healing. We offer “deep cleanings,” called scaling and root planing, to get to the source of the bacteria. Top Wellesley, MA dentist Dr. Tocci is even specially trained to offer the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique to help reverse your gum recession and keep your smile safe.
Don’t Let Gum Disease Steal Your Smile
Gum disease is a serious problem – trust our experts to help you beat it. Call Tocci Dental Associates at 781-304-8172 to schedule a consultation. You can also use our online form to schedule your appointment.