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Gum Disease Treatment

periodontal care in Ocala

Are you tired of dealing with sore, swollen gums or worrying about the health of your teeth? Gum disease is a common but often overlooked condition affecting millions worldwide. That's why Dr. Stephen H. Dunn, Dr. Guneshi de Mel, and Dr. Sebastian Giambini are dedicated to providing exceptional gum disease treatment to our patients in Ocala, FL. Whether you're experiencing the early signs of gum disease or require more advanced treatment, we're here to help you achieve optimal gum health and regain confidence in your smile.

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Understanding Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common but often silent condition that affects the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It begins as gingivitis, characterized by inflammation of the gums, which can progress to periodontitis if left untreated. Most people with gum disease are unaware of their condition until it reaches advanced stages, making regular dental check-ups essential for early detection and treatment.

The Oral-Systemic Link

Research has shown that gum disease is not just a problem confined to the mouth – it can also have far-reaching effects on your overall health and well-being. Studies have linked gum disease to an increased risk of systemic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and pregnancy complications. Addressing gum disease early and maintaining optimal oral health can help reduce your risk of developing these serious health issues.

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

It's essential to be aware of the signs and symptoms of gum disease, including:

  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Bleeding gums, especially during brushing or flossing
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums or teeth that appear longer than usual
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in the fit of dentures or bridges

If you experience any of these symptoms, scheduling an appointment with our team for a thorough evaluation and appropriate treatment is important.

How is Periodontal Disease Diagnosed?

We typically diagnose periodontal disease through a comprehensive dental examination, which may include a visual inspection of the gums, measuring pocket depths around the teeth, dental X-rays, and other diagnostic tests.

Factors That Increase Risk of Periodontal Disease

Several factors can increase your risk of developing gum disease, including:

  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Diabetes
  • Hormonal changes (such as during pregnancy or menopause)
  • Certain medications
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Poor nutrition

Our Periodontal Treatments in Ocala

At Dentistry at Bridlewood, we offer a range of gum disease treatments in Ocala to address periodontal disease and restore the health of your gums, including:

Deep Cleaning (Scaling and Root Planing):

This non-surgical procedure involves removing plaque and tartar from below the gum line and smoothing the root surfaces to promote healing and prevent further infection.

AIRFLOW® Prophylaxis Master:

This innovative technology provides a comfortable and efficient solution for removing biofilm, stains, and calculus above and below the gum line. With high precision and compliance with the highest hygiene standards, AIRFLOW® Prophylaxis Master offers a gentle yet effective approach to periodontal maintenance. This minimally invasive scaling device delivers precise and comfortable scaling where needed, reducing the need for hand and power instrumentation and minimizing patients' discomfort.

In addition to these treatments, we also offer sedation options for patients who experience anxiety or discomfort during periodontal procedures.

Can Periodontal Disease Recur After Treatment?

Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that requires ongoing maintenance and care to prevent recurrence. Following Dr. Dunn, Dr. de Mel, and Dr. Giambini's recommendations for oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups, and professional cleanings can help reduce the risk of gum disease recurrence and maintain the health of your gums and teeth over time.

Periodontal Therapy in Ocala, FL

With our comprehensive range of periodontal treatments in Ocala and state-of-the-art technology, we can address your gum disease and restore the health and beauty of your smile. Schedule your appointment with Dentistry at Bridlewood today and take the first step towards healthy gums for life.