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Bend, Oregon Gum Disease Treatment

G um disease is also known as periodontal disease or periodontitis. Gum disease is when both inflammation and infection affect the gum tissue, the supportive dental ligaments, and the alveolar bone (or the tooth socket). The disease is directly related to poor dental hygiene. When teeth are neglected and regular brushing, flossing and professional cleanings are absent, plaque develops. Plaque is a sticky material that adheres to the tooth structure and eventually turns hard and becomes tartar.

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The plaque and tartar contain bacteria and toxins that directly destroy the surrounding tissue, in particular the gums and supportive ligaments. If the process continues unabated, then teeth start to fall out due to the destructive effect of dental plaque and tartar on the tooth’s support structure.

Although periodontal disease is almost always caused by long lasting poor dental hygiene, there are a few other causes like pregnancy, seizure medication (phenytoin), and uncontrolled diabetes a that can cause this condition. But regardless of the cause, the symptoms are the same:

  1. Bleeding Gums
  2. Swollen & Red Gums
  3. Bad Breath
  4. Lost Teeth

Diagnosis

bend family dentistThe diagnosis is made by your Bend Family Dentist with out the use of any special tests. Often an x-ray is obtained in order for your dentist to determine if, and if so, how much bone damage has accompanied the gum disease. Your dentist and hygienist will confer on the best way forward and they will usually take note of any “pockets” between the gum line and tooth structure. A pocket is where the gum disease is starting to affect the supporting tissues ability to hold onto and secure the tooth in its socket. The illustration demonstrates this effect. As your treatment progresses the “pocket” size should decrease and then disappear.

Treatment

The treatment is heavily based on HYGIENE . Brushing and flossing is mission critical and your entire mouth full of teeth can be preserved, in most cases, with simple in home care. Depending on the severity of the gum disease, your dentist will prescribe a course of dental cleanings that often will be done in stages. The plaque and tartar must be removed so that its destructive effect on your gums can be stopped.

If the disease is severe enough, a deep cleaning using local anesthesia is required. This is sometimes referred to a root scaling and planing which involves the use of specialized hygiene tools and often is completed a gum specialist, a periodontist.

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Root scaling and planing are cleaning techniques that go below the gum line an clean decay that is severe and recalcitrant. Often your Bend family Dentist will place antibiotic medicated fibers into the pockets. These antibiotic fibers help fight local infection, reduce inflammation and generally speeds the healing process.

Once the treatment is complete and you carry on at home with the dental hygiene practices outlined for you by your Bend Family Dentist, your prognosis is awesome and you should be able to keep this problem away for good. Remember to brush and floss 3 times per day for the best results.

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