Gum Disease Sandy Springs, GA
Dr. Maria Benefield offers comprehensive dental care in her Sandy Springs dentist office, including periodontal therapy for treating the various symptoms of gum disease and restoring optimal oral health.
Healthy Gums, Healthy Teeth
Maintaining the health of your gums is the key to enjoying a lifetime of optimal dental health. Gum disease affects approximately 75% of adults at some point in their lives and remains the leading cause of tooth loss today. Poor gum health has also shown to have a direct affect on the severity or incidence of other health concerns such as cardiovascular and systemic disease.
Routine dental care provides the opportunity for Dr. Benefield and her staff to spot the early signs of gum disease during a periodontal screening, significantly reducing the risk of damage to the teeth and gums as a result of advanced disease. Early treatment is often conservative and can be maintained with follow up at home oral hygiene.
About Gum Disease
There are two stages of gum disease which can be identified by Dr. Benefield during your dental exam:
- Gingivitis: the early stage of gum disease, gingivitis is often characterized by sensitive gums, bleeding gums or gums that appear red and swollen. This is the result of early infection of the gum tissue from plaque that is building up along the gum line.
- Periodontitis: advanced gum disease, symptoms of periodontitis can include the above as well as receding gums, shifting teeth and a change in the fit of dental appliances as bacteria moves deeper into the gum tissue and affects the tooth roots.
Many patients with the early stages of gum disease do not realize they have it until Dr. Benefield identifies the signs during a routine visit, making regular dental care an important part of maintaining a healthy smile and avoiding complex problems.
Signs of Gum Disease
Understanding the common signs of gum disease can lead to early diagnosis and treatment. If you are experiencing any of these common symptoms, schedule an appointment or discuss your concerns during your next preventive care visit. Prompt and effective care will provide the best results.
- Red or swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Loose or shifted teeth
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in the fit of dentures
- Sores in the mouth
Treatment for Gum Disease
Dr. Benefield will thoroughly evaluate your oral health, using diagnostic x rays as necessary and make the appropriate recommendations to restore healthy gums. Treatment options may include:
- Anti-bacterial rinses: for early stage gum disease, an anti-bacterial rinse can reduce the presence of harmful bacteria in the mouth.
- Scaling and root planing: a thorough cleaning technique performed in our office which removes plaque from the tooth roots and deep recesses of the gums.
- Referral to a specialist: for advanced cases of gum disease requiring more extensive treatment, Dr. Benefield will refer patients to a local specialist.