Gum disease is something we all need to avoid. Usually, brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing can keep it away, along with two visits to the dentist per year.
But if bacteria ever get out of control on your gums, causing inflammation or bleeding, the infection creates acid that damages the surface and roots of your teeth.
Our dentists are experienced in diagnosing and treating gum disease; plus, we can help you stop it from recurring. We even use LANAP soft tissue laser technology to painlessly clean and treat your gums.
Call Jordan Landing Dental Care now to schedule an exam, consultation, and gum disease diagnosis with our dentists.
Gum disease is not just a problem in your gums. It starts there, but the bacterial buildup on your gums can also cause:
As the infection spreads, bacteria may disrupt other vital systems in your body. Even if it stays concentrated in the mouth, it can cause difficulty eating, tooth pain, bad breath, and much more. If a tooth becomes too damaged by bacteria, your dentist may need to perform an extraction.
Our dentists have decades of combined experience in gum disease diagnosis and scaling and root planing, and we often collaborate with gum care specialists. We focus on preventing and catching gum disease early through regular checkups.
Plus, we’re one of only 10 practices in Utah certified in the use of laser dentistry treatments like LANAP (laser-assisted new attachment procedure) for gum care. This innovative system gives you:
When you come to Jordan Landing Dental Care for your periodontal treatment, you’ll receive personalized care with the latest dental technology.
If you have any tooth pain, gum discomfort, or signs of gum disease, we need to examine you immediately for the best outcome—which may save a tooth. Contact Jordan Landing Dental Care today for a comfortable examination with experienced, caring dentists in West Jordan, UT.Book Online
Periodontal disease is a condition in the gums and bones supporting your teeth. It can be caused by poor oral hygiene habits, using tobacco, genetics, and certain medical problems, including diabetes.
It happens when bacteria form a layer of plaque on the teeth, which then attacks the gums, causing inflammation and other issues, such as:
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should make a dental appointment quickly. The infection can be treated best in the early stages.
Bacteria on our teeth feed on our food and release acid. Over time, this can leave pits and holes in our teeth, along with irritating and even destroying gum tissue. To stop the progression of gum disease, your dentist may use:
If a gum disease infection spreads too far, it can cause irreversible damage that could cause tooth loss. Why? Because the gums nourish and support the teeth, and if gums are damaged, the teeth lose much of their support system.
Plus, gum disease can also damage the bone under the teeth that holds them in place. That’s why gum disease treatment can save teeth—and help prevent costly tooth restoration services.
Some symptoms of gum disease cause problems in your everyday life. But periodontal disease treatment can help in these ways:
Gum disease can make your smile look unattractive, especially if you have swollen, reddish, or bleeding gums. You might also hide your smile if your breath is chronically bad because of a bacterial infection.
If gum disease leads to tooth loss, that would also directly damage your smile. Gum disease treatment can relieve these problems and let you smile confidently again. We can also reshape and stimulate your gums.
Gum disease is linked in studies with other health problems, and our dentists stay up-to-date on that research. Gum disease can contribute to:
In gum disease, bacteria multiply to unsafe levels. If they cause bleeding gums and enter your veins, they’ll attack your organs. By having your gums checked regularly, you can protect your health.
Imagine how your life could improve from healthier gums and teeth. You can enjoy:
Gum disease treatment is a great use of your money, because it may help you avoid larger medical expenses in the long run. How?
We’ve discussed the serious health issues related to gum disease above, including tooth loss, diabetes, heart disease, and others. The cost difference is huge between, say, cleaning your gums and a heart attack hospitalization.
So, having your teeth and gums checked today can save you money.
Oral hygiene is important for your wellbeing—your ability to eat nutritious foods, interact socially, feel comfortable, and more. Periodontal treatments can clean and heal your gums, but afterward, you may want to build up your oral hygiene habits.
These include brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, flossing daily, replacing your toothbrush when it wears out, avoiding sugary snacks, and more.
During your consultation, you’ll share your medical and dental history, along with gum disease symptoms you’ve experienced. Your dental team will examine your teeth and gums to map out the condition and find any damage to your teeth and gums.
If you need gum disease treatment, we’ll explain your options and how each periodontal treatment works. Ask any questions! We’ll help you understand before we move forward.
How does your dentist diagnose gum disease? We’ll use proven methods, such as:
When your dentist diagnoses your gum disease, he can then decide what level of gum disease treatment will serve you best.
If you need gum disease treatments, we’ll plan a combination for your specific case, based on:
We can treat many cases of gum disease with:
When surgery is necessary, we will recommend it. Dentists use these and other surgical treatments for gum disease:
Your dentist will discuss your next appointment, and our team will schedule it with you. In follow up appointments, we’ll check the progress of your healing and make any necessary corrections.
You may also need regular exams and cleanings more often than you used to—say, four times per year instead of two. That’s because you could be at greater risk of gum disease recurrence, which we want to help you avoid.
You’ll be happier with your smile if you form a few habits to maintain your gums, including:
In follow-up appointments, we will check how well your gums are healing. If healing slows or stalls, we will have to adjust our plan. Flexibility is important after gum disease treatment.
Plan adjustments can range from changing your toothbrush type to additional gum disease treatment. We’ll focus on preventing gum disease from returning first. But some medical conditions, genetics, or habits can make it come back.
You have a great amount of agency over maintaining your own gum health. It’s like you have several dials that you can turn up or down to change the success of periodontal treatments, including:
Other factors that affect the gums include immune system disorders, diabetes, and other health conditions, which you can monitor and manage to some extent.
Building these and other habits is vital for controlling oral bacteria:
By damaging the gums, smoking leaves them vulnerable to infection. It can also slow down healing after periodontal treatment and increase the odds of the disease returning.
Quitting will be a leap forward in your oral health, stopping some damage to your teeth and gums.
Medical issues strongly affect our gums. These include:
After gum disease treatment, you should eat a balanced diet, bringing in a range of vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients. Eat fruits, vegetables, and lean protein sources. Avoid sugary snacks and drinks. Drink lots of water, and sleep a little more than you did before.
Excessive stress can change your saliva production, weaken your immune system, cause tooth pain, and disrupt your oral hygiene habits. You may want to practice stress maintenance by exercising, spending time with loved ones, sleeping more, and talking to a counselor.
You’re welcome to call Jordan Landing Dental Care and ask questions any time. Also, check this list of frequently asked questions other patients have asked. You’ll learn about gum disease diagnosis, treatment types, and more. Make an informed decision about your care.
Dentists work through a series of steps towards a diagnosis, including:
Gum disease causes damage to the gums and teeth, which we are experienced in detecting.
We’ll recommend treatment types based on the severity of your gum disease. They may include:
Every case is different, but here are some steps and time lengths:
Dental procedures can cause some side effects, but you can manage them. After gum disease treatment, you may experience:
If any major side effects happen, such as infection or gum recession, call your dentist. We can help you correct these issues in a follow-up appointment or even through home care tips.
Every patient is different, but periodontal treatment has a great track record for mild cases of gum disease—higher than 80%. The success rate drops when we catch gum disease in later stages, which is a reason regular dental exams are important.
Also, success changes based on other factors, such as your habits of brushing and flossing, whether or not your smoke, your age and medical issues, and other dental issues.
Because each individual may need a different combination of treatments, we can’t quote your overall treatment cost here. But once you have an exam, we’ll be happy to break down your costs and help you understand them before we move forward.
Prices may be based on a mix of:
Plus, your insurance and any HSA or FSA funds may change your final price tag.
Several practices can help prevent periodontal disease from developing or coming back, including:
Save money by catching gum disease early or before it starts. We’d like to help you avoid gum disease treatments.
If you need periodontal help, our dentists have decades of practice, plus certification in laser therapy. Schedule an exam now with Jordan Landing Dental Care!Book Online
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