Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, occurs when plaque buildup under the gum line is not properly removed, resulting in bacterial infection of the gums. If left untreated, the bacteria can begin to irritate and break down the gum tissue and supporting bones structure. As a result of periodontal disease, patients can experience tooth loss, bone loss, and a wide range of other systemic health concerns.
Dr. Jody Harrison of Asheville, NC, offers a full range of periodontal therapy services to treat patients with various stages of gum disease. We employ the latest technology and methods to create personalized treatment plans to restore health to your teeth and gums. If you are noticing signs of gums disease or are seeking a highly trained periodontist in Asheville, visit the office of Dr. Harrison for a consultation.
When To See A Periodontist
Whether you visit a periodontist on your first visit or at the recommendation of your dentist, a periodontist can help you create a treatment plan to help address periodontal disease and restore health to your teeth and gums. Visiting a periodontist is the best way to know if you have gum disease; however, there are signs and symptoms you should be made aware of to recognize dysfunction in your dental health.
We encourage you to visit a periodontist of your notice one or more of these signs:
- If you are experiencing bleeding gums during your daily oral hygiene routine. Bleeding gums is one of the early warning signs of developing periodontal disease.
- If you notice loose or shifting teeth. Loose and shifting teeth typically occur as a result of bone loss and gum recession. These symptoms are often linked to late stage gum disease and should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent premature tooth loss.
- If you notice persistent bad breath that is not solved by daily brushing or flossing the teeth.
- If you notice oral pain. Pain or discomfort near or on the gums can be a sign of a more severe dental issue. Undergoing a full examination will rule out any serious dental health concerns.
Common Signs of Periodontal Disease
Treating periodontal disease in the early stages can vastly increase your chance of preventing further complications. As periodontal disease progresses the risk of premature tooth loss, bone loss, and tooth decay increases. Understanding what the signs and symptoms of gum disease are can help you get one step closer to the treatment you need to restore your dental health. If you notice one or more of these signs, be sure to contact our Asheville periodontist office.
- Loose teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Red, swollen, or puffy gums
- Changes in the fit of your dentures
- Premature tooth loss
- Persistent bad breath
Treatment For Gum Disease
Dr. Harrison will perform a comprehensive exam to assess the condition of the gums, teeth, and mouth. With the results of your examination, we will create a personalized treatment plan to repair damage, prevent further complications, and restore your dental health. We may recommend one or more of the following treatments to create the most effective treatment plan for your gum and oral health.
- Laser Dentistry: Dental lasers can be used to safely and effectively remove diseased gum tissue. Laser dentistry promotes faster healing, minimal downtime, and eliminates the need for sutures.
- Pinhole Gum Surgery: This treatment is a less invasive way to cover exposed tooth roots and restore health to the gum line.
- Periodontal Surgery: In advanced cases of gum disease, periodontal surgery may be used to repair damage and restore health to the gums.
- Scaling & Root Planing: This helps remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line.
- Osseous Surgery: This is a deeper cleaning of the areas above and below the gum line. The goal is to prevent further damage and stop bacteria from spreading in the mouth.
- Soft Tissue Grafting: Soft tissue is removed from the roof of the mouth or nearby healthy gum tissue to repair damaged gums or cover an exposed tooth root.
Request a Consultation
If you would like to explore your treatment options for gum disease, visit our Asheville dentist office. Dr. Harrison is a trusted, experienced periodontist and oral surgeon serving Asheville and surrounding areas. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call [new_phone_number_span] or request an appointment online.