Gum Disease Treatment in Raleigh, NC

Do you notice droplets of blood in your saliva after you brush and floss? Gums that bleed easily is one of the main symptoms of gum disease, medically known as periodontal disease. When you visit Brier Creek Implants & Periodontics, we will carefully assess your oral health to determine if any intervention is required.

Gum disease is surprisingly common, with roughly 50% of U.S. adults being affected. If caught early, gum disease can be controlled and its effect on your oral health can be limited. Although, if gum disease goes untreated, it can lead to periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss and the loss of hard and soft tissues. 

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a group of inflammatory conditions caused by a buildup of bacteria and oral plaques. In its earliest phase, gum disease is known as gingivitis. The primary symptom of gingivitis is puffy, sensitive gums, which may or may not make the gums more prone to bleeding when probed or after regular brushing and flossing. In its advanced stages, gum disease is known as periodontitis. With periodontitis, the gums begin to detach from the teeth and bones. This can lead to more pockets of bacteria forming. Periodontal ligaments may also become affected, leading to an increased likelihood of tooth loss and additional complications.

Risk Factors

There are a number of factors that can increase the risk of developing periodontal disease. These include tobacco use, diabetes, HIV/AIDs, poor oral hygiene, and certain medications. 

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Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

In the earliest stages of periodontal disease, there may be few noticeable symptoms, which is why many don’t seek treatment until there are obvious changes to their oral health. Some of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

Gums appear red and/or swollen

Presence of blood after brushing/flossing

Bad breath (halitosis)

Puffy pockets between teeth

Receding gum line

Teeth feel loose

Treating periodontal disease isn’t just about improving oral health. Periodontal disease has also been shown to increase inflammation elsewhere in the body, which can increase the risk of high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.

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How is Gum Disease Treated?

Depending on the severity of your gum disease, your periodontist may prescribe either a non-surgical or surgical treatment. The goal of gum disease treatment is to eliminate the buildup of bacteria-containing tartar and plaque and stabilize your oral health. 

Schedule a Visit

Do you suspect you are experiencing some form of gum disease? Call Brier Creek Implants & Periodontics to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alice Wu.