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Gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults across America. At Marco Dental Care, we make it possible for you to get non-surgical gum treatments without ever leaving the island.
What is Gum Disease?
When plaque buildup accumulates under the gumlines for an extended period of time, the tissues become inflamed and infected. This can cause them to pull away from the tooth, creating a deep “pocket” under the gumlines. Not only is tissue support lost; bone is as well. As a result, it’s common to experience symptoms like:
- Tooth mobility, or loss of the tooth
- Food packing under your gums or between teeth during meals
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Gums that are swollen, sensitive, or bleed
- Receding gumlines
In most cases, mild gingivitis will respond to daily brushing and flossing. If symptoms do not reverse themselves within about two weeks, you likely have an advanced stage of gum disease.
Treatments for Periodontitis
The first phase of therapy involves a process that we call periodontal scaling and root planing, or “deep cleanings.” During these appointments, the areas around the teeth are numbed and one of our hygienists thoroughly cleans all pocket areas and root surfaces throughout your mouth. Depending on the severity of your case, we will usually break the process up between two appointments.
Laser Gum Treatments
For more advanced cases of gum disease, Marco Dental Care offers LANAP laser periodontal treatment. Instead of referring you to an off-site periodontist for flap surgery, the laser sterilizes each pocket area and boosts healing when performed in conjunction with your deep cleaning.
Gum recession is a common side effect of periodontitis, leading to teeth that look “long” or have sensitivity. The Pinhole treatment process is a graft-free method that treats your exposed root by gently repositioning the surrounding tissues so that they cover the tooth. No grafting is necessary!
If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, call our Marco Island dental office for the most advanced care available. We’ll be happy to provide you with a complimentary consultation.