Treating gums without surgery
Red, inflamed, bleeding and receding gums can cause many problems with your oral health. They can eat away at your body’s natural defenses against bacteria. That can lead to tooth decay (cavity) and other damage. It can also result in root sensitivity, lost teeth and an unsightly appearance. Plaque is the most common cause of gum disease. Gum disease can lead to heart attack, heart disease, oral cancer and stroke.
Inflamed and bleeding gums are signs of gingivitis and periodontitis, two gum diseases connected to diabetes and heart disease. Gum disease ranges from mild (gingivitis) to severe (periodontitis). Treatments are available for every case of gum disease. Common problems associated with gum disease:
- Long-looking teeth (from receding gum lines exposing more of your teeth)
- Discolored or deteriorating teeth
- Gum depressions (holes in the gum tissue)
- Infected gums (discolored or inflamed gum tissue)
- Tooth loss or excessive tooth movement
The effects of gum disease can be damaging to your dental health. However, through proper preventive care and dental hygiene, you can avoid problems associated with gum disease. Proper dental hygiene, daily dental care and regular checkups will minimize the risk of gum disease.
Bone loss is a serious problem that can accompany tooth loss and can lead to changes in your face that affect both your appearance and the way you chew your food. Without the support structure of bone, saving your teeth can be difficult or impossible. That’s why it’s important to protect your gums and keep them healthy – to prevent bone loss. That’s also why Dr. Berry has had extra training in gum care, including traditional soft-tissue management. He offers advanced PerioProtect™ and other forms of noninvasive treatment for gum disease.
PerioProtect is a painless, nonsurgical treatment that manages biofilms (communities of bacteria) growing in the spaces or pockets between teeth and gums. The overall goal of PerioProtect is to manage oral biofilm with minimally invasive dentistry for lasting oral health.
Our nonsurgical gum care patients visit us from Sylvester, Camilla, Newton, Albany, Leesburg and Dawson in Dougherty County, GA. For more information about gum care and treatment, call William R. Berry III, DDS at 229.435.4689 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your consultation.