Your gum health is crucial for supporting the health of your smile. The gums keep your teeth firmly attached to your jaw, protect your sensitive tooth roots, and preserve your smile’s alignment. That’s why Dr. Eli Abbo specializes in periodontics, the practice of maintaining and improving your gum health to protect you from damage to your oral health.
Learn more about periodontics in our dentist’s guide below.
Gum disease is an infection of the gums caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth. Plaque is a white film of bacteria that are deposited onto your teeth by food, beverages, mucus, and smoke. Tartar is hardened plaque that has been left to build up over time. When plaque and tartar get between your gums and teeth, it forms pockets that harbor infections and disease.
The symptoms of gum disease can begin subtly, but as the disease progresses, they can become more severe. The symptoms of gum disease include:
These symptoms can be distressing and uncomfortable, making your everyday life more difficult. That’s why patients should contact our office as soon as they begin to notice any of the above signs. Thanks to our expert training and years of experience, we’ll find a solution that works to clear up the infection and repair any existing damage.
Depending on the progression of an infection in your mouth, we may only need to provide a meticulous professional cleaning to clear your smile of symptoms. These cleanings involve using specialized dental tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup from hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. They’re the same cleanings you receive during your twice-yearly appointment, so they’re noninvasive and comfortable.
Our dentists may also recommend scaling and root planing for cases of gum disease that have progressed. This process begins with our dentist removing tartar and bacteria from under the gums to stop infections. The root planing treatment involves smoothing the connective tissue below your tooth to protect them and eliminate spaces for bacteria to hide.
Scaling and root planing treatments can help eliminate pain from exposed tooth roots and reduce the pockets in your gums that allow bacteria to flourish. This procedure can help you avoid more severe, costly oral health problems in the future.
Daily at-home care is the best way to avoid periodontal disease and costly dental treatments. Our dentist recommends taking the following steps to ensure optimal oral health: