Rehabilitate Your Gums for Better Oral Health

Jeffery A. Spilman D.D.S. : Periodontal Disease / Gum Disease Treatment in St. Petersburg, FL

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Gum disease is extremely too prevalent in our society and most of the time it’s really from neglect. For some reason or another, patients don’t go to the dentist and when a patient doesn’t go to the dentist and doesn’t get their teeth cleaned, bacteria form in their mouth and bacteria gets within their gum line. In some cases a patient will come in and they might need to be referred away for periodontal surgery right away. But our patients can expect to get a thorough gum examination with x-rays and then we will initially go in and try to get all the tartar off of their teeth. It doesn’t always take one appointment, sometimes it can take four appointments and be what we call a deep cleaning. After the fourth appointment, we will do an evaluation of whether we need to further treat them either with laser gum therapy or a referral to a specialist.

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a serious problem for your oral health. It is also an incredibly common issue. Did you know that an estimated 75 percent of Americans suffer from gum disorders? Many people remain completely unaware of the problems with their gums until their gum disease progresses to an advanced state.

Early symptoms of gum disease include bleeding when brushing or flossing, halitosis (chronic bad breath), and swollen, sensitive gums. Unhealthy gum tissue tends to recede away from your teeth, at which point gaps can form between the gums and the teeth, at and under the surface of the gumline.

As the gums separate from the teeth more and more, these pockets grow larger, and they can easily trap food, causing a fertile breeding ground for bacteria. The longer this is allowed to continue, the greater your risk of developing permanent damage to your teeth. If it continues too long, you will begin to feel your teeth loosen, and you may even begin to lose them.

Treating Periodontal Disease / Gum Disease

Fortunately, at Jeffery A. Spilman DDS, we have the expertise to stop gum disease in its tracks with our gum disease treatment. If you have mild to moderate periodontal disease, we can help you with a range of gum disease treatment in St. Petersburg, FL , including periodontal surgery.

To begin with gum disease treatment, we can start to rehabilitate your gums with scaling and root planing. For scaling and root planing, we will first numb your gums to avoid any pain. Then, we will perform a deep cleaning on your teeth that will remove all of the plaque and calculus from your teeth, under your gumline, and along your roots. These procedures are performed one quadrant at a time to minimize any discomfort.

With the use of soft-tissue laser technology, we can also reshape and recontour gums to help you achieve maximum oral health with minimum discomfort or recovery time. In extreme cases, however, we will refer you to a trusted periodontal surgeon who specializes in severe cases of periodontal disease.

If your gums are sore or sensitive to the touch, if they bleed when you brush or floss, or if you have any other reason to believe that you might have a problem with gum disease, please don’t hesitate to call Jeffery A. Spilman DDS at 727-645-4727 or contact us via our online form for periodontal disease treatment /gum disease treatment in St. Petersburg, FL. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Spilman at our office in St. Petersburg for gum disease treatment.