Gum Disease Owings Mills, MD

Periodontal Therapy An Overview

Gum disease is often referred to as a “silent disease.” Many patients do seek treatment for gum disease until they are already showing signs that indicate the advancement of the disease such as bleeding gums. Some patients may not notice any pain or obvious symptoms until the condition has progressed. Dr. Chibb offers periodontal services for patients with gum disease.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of gum disease can help patients find treatment before the disease progresses or causes additional damage to the teeth or gums. Routine dental health exams are the most effective way to identify the early signs of gums disease. Dr. Chibb performs a visual screening for periodontal disease during all exams.

If you notice any of the following symptoms or any other changes in your oral health, be sure to contact your dentist right away:

  • Red, swollen or sore gums
  • Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
  • Receding Gumline
  • Loose teeth
  • Pus between gums and teeth
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Halitosis
  • Changes in the bite or fit of denture

Poor oral hygiene is a major contributing factor in the development of gum disease.  Twice daily brushing and flossing and routine dental health exams are the best ways to prevent gum disease. Other risk factors of gum disease include:

  • Smoking or tobacco use of any kind
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes, particularly pregnancy
  • Stress
  • Missing Teeth
  • Usage of certain medications
  • Poor nutrition
  • Diabetes

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Periodontal Therapy What to Expect

Treatment of periodontal disease is essential for avoiding more complex dental and systemic concerns. Left untreated, gum disease can cause halitosis, gum recession, and tooth loss. As the disease progresses patients oral health begins to deteriorate. Patients with advanced gum disease also experience a higher rate of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and inflammation.

Dr. Chibb offers comprehensive periodontal therapy options for treating and reversing the early stages of gum disease. If caught early,  Dr. Chibb is able to reverse gingivitis with a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums. In more advanced cases, a scaling and root planing treatment may be required.

Scaling and root planing is an intensive cleaning treatment. Dr. Chibb will perform a deep cleaning of the gums and teeth. This method of cleaning reaches into the pockets of the gums to remove bacterial build up. Once the gums are cleared of bacteria, they are given the chance to heal. Dr. Chibb may make personalized recommendations for anti-bacterial mouth rinses and other products to help keep oral bacteria in check.

Our priority is to ensure that our patients are able to restore their optimal oral health. We will make every effort to coordinate with specialists that will provide patients with the services they need to fully restore their oral health. Patients with more complex cases of the periodontal disease may be referred to Dr. Ed Lazer for advanced periodontal therapy treatments such as gum or bone grafting.

Periodontal Therapy FAQs

Can children develop gum disease?

Yes. Children with poor oral hygiene or high rates of tooth decay are susceptible to developing gum disease. Patients who develop gum disease in their youth are more prone to oral and systemic disease later in life. Regular visits to our Owings Mills family dentist office can prevent the spread of gum disease in children and help to protect their health long term.

Is gum disease reversible?

If caught early thorough dental cleanings and improved oral hygiene can prevent further damage from occurring to the teeth and gums. Advanced gum disease can be managed, and secondary conditions can be treated to improve the patients oral health.