Did you know that gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is the leading cause of adult tooth loss among American adults, as well as one of the most widespread health problems on the planet? This infection is no joke, and our experienced doctors take it very seriously here at Jacksonville Complete Dentistry. Our goal is to treat any suspicious symptoms as early as possible before they cause significant, permanent damage.
Do your gums regularly bleed when you brush or floss? Does your soft tissue look overly red or puffed up? These are warning signs of a periodontal infection! Don’t hesitate to contact our Jacksonville location right away.
We feel that it is important that our patients understand gum disease. Only then can we understand the importance of treatment. First, it is important to understand that gum disease is not an infection but rather an immune response. We all have plaque on our teeth. This is the white soft buildup that can be easily scraped off. When plaque is not 100% removed from the teeth, it begins to steal minerals from the saliva and build into tartar. Tartar often can be nearly as hard as bone. The toothbrush and floss now are no match.
Our bodies recognize the tartar buildup as a foreign invader. This leads to and immune response and inflammation, bad breath, and gums that bleed easily when brushing or flossing. This is gingivitis. The good news is that gingivitis is reversible with the help of your dental hygienist.
If gingivitis remains untreated, it will generally progress. This is when things get dangerous. The body cannot get rid of the invader with the immune response that it developed and will take things to the next level. What results is a loss of tooth attachment and an irreversible loss of jawbone. At this point the teeth can appear longer, begin to become loose, and eventually be lost. If you are experiencing any of these signs or symptoms, we encourage you to contact us for a consult.
Scaling & root planing is the most common form of therapy we recommend for these kinds of infections. Unlike a regular cleaning, this in-depth procedure goes deeper by targeting the areas under your gum tissue and eliminating accumulations of plaque and tartar. Then, we pinpoint the rough surfaces of your tooth roots, which are gradually smoothed so that they will no longer attract the same high level of decay. Our goal is to encourage your gum tissue to successfully reattach to the teeth and accelerate the healing process as well.