When decay attacks your mouth most people immediately think about their teeth and cavities. While tooth decay is serious decay can also affect the gums. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can spread into a very serious condition that can lead to tooth and even bone loss. Our dentist in Greenwich at My Creative Dentist has been providing high quality periodontal services along with endodontic, cosmetic, general and restorative dental care to the community.
Gum disease starts when debris, plague or tartar accumulates along the gum line and pockets between the gum and teeth start to open up. As the irritants get into these pockets they get deeper towards the bone and gingivitis spreads further down eventually separating the gums from the teeth. Since the gums help support the teeth once the gum has separated the teeth are in a weakened position. Our dentist in Greenwich has several different periodontal treatments to combat gum disease depending on how advanced it is. For early stage gingivitis our doctor will use a non-surgical approach, for very mild cases regular cleanings should alleviate the problem while in slightly more advanced gingivitis our team will perform a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planning, where the gums are cleaned and the roots are smoothed to allow the gums to heal. For advanced cases of gum disease surgery may be required. There are several different types of periodontal surgery that our practice can perform to help the gums heal and reattach depending on what the particular type of problem is. Periodontal surgery can be performed using traditional surgical techniques or in some cases laser surgery.
Gum disease is such a serious matter that our dentist in Greenwich will include an evaluation of the health of your gums and measurements of any pockets he finds as a part of a comprehensive annual exam given to all our patients. If your mouth hasn’t been evaluated for possible gum disease lately please make an appointment with our office for a checkup.