Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and may be associated with other serious conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. Fortunately, depending on the stage at which you begin treatment, you may be able to prevent these issues as well as permanent damage to the supporting structure of your teeth and the aesthetics of your smile.
The doctors of Union Oral Surgery offer a breadth of expertise and care options for treating gum disease. Greater Charlotte patients benefit from the work of our specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Barzyk. As a periodontist, Dr. Barzyk has advanced training in the diagnosis, management, and prevention of the condition. His conservative and gentle approach will help improve your comfort and protect your smile.
About Gum Disease
On a regular basis, particles of food, saliva and naturally-occurring bacteria in your mouth combine to form plaque—a thin, colorless film—on your teeth. You can usually remove plaque with effective and regular brushing and flossing. However, plaque that goes unattended can develop into tartar, a hardened substance that may require a professional cleaning for removal.
Gum disease is the infection that results from the the bacteria in the tartar and your body’s immune response. Over time, it can break down the connective tissue and bone that support your teeth, and you may be at risk of losing them as a result.
Greater Charlotte patients face increased chances of developing gum disease from:
- Smoking tobacco.
- Changes in hormones.
- Diabetes and other illnesses.
- Certain genetic pre-conditions.
As part of your care, Dr. Barzyk may recommend proactive treatments and preventative measures with the goal of promoting your oral health.
Reasons to Treat Gum Disease
At its root, gum disease is an infection, and you should not ignore infection in any area of the body because of the risk it poses to your health at large. Tooth loss correlates with both heart disease and diabetes, which may be significant concerns as you age.
Gum disease can also cause several undesirable symptoms:
- Swelling and redness in the gums.
- Bleeding from the gums, particularly as you brush or floss your teeth.
- Teeth that become loose over time.
One of the big challenges with gum disease is that it can progress without causing significant pain or discomfort. The best preventative measures against gum disease for Greater Charlotte patients are regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene at home. However, if the disease has progressed, your dentist may refer you to a periodontal specialist.
What Gum Disease Patients Can Expect
Start with a visit to our Greater Charlotte offices. During your appointment, Dr. Barzyk will discuss the symptoms you have been experiencing, conduct a comprehensive examination, and evaluate the condition of your teeth and gums. He will pursue the most conservative treatment for your needs, with the goal of preserving your teeth and gums and keeping you as comfortable as possible. Possible treatments for gum disease include:
- Root planning and scaling. In this procedure, Dr. Barzyk removes plaque and tartar above and below the gum line and smooths the teeth roots to prevent future buildup.
- Periodontal surgery. Greater Charlotte patients with gum disease may have lost bone that supports the teeth. Surgery can add replacement bone and reduce the depth of the pockets between the teeth and gums.
- Gingival Recession. In instances of gingival recession, Dr. Barzyk can discuss options that are available to correct these areas predictably and with minimal discomfort.
- Extraction and implants. When teeth are not salvageable, Dr. Barzyk can remove them and restore them with durable and natural-looking dental implants.
At Union Oral Surgery, our doctors take steps to make treatment as comfortable as possible. We use a broad range of anesthetic options to meet the needs and preferences of our patients. As a result of effective, high-quality, and targeted care, we can restore oral health, a stronger bite, and a more aesthetically appealing smile.
Prevent long-term damage to your teeth, bone, and gums. Patients in Greater Charlotte can learn more about gum disease and treatment by scheduling an appointment with Union Oral Surgery.