When left untreated, gum disease can cause gums to recede away from the teeth, which can trigger a variety of dental and oral health problems. The entire team at Essex Street Dental Medicine works tirelessly to provide the education and tools you need to prevent and treat gum disease.
If Dr. Casiglia diagnoses you with gum disease, he will create a personalized treatment plan with advanced technology used by top periodontists.
By coming in for regular treatment at our Salem dental office and following the doctor's orders at home, you can be free from the damaging effects of gum disease.
Signs Of Gum Disease
Most patients in the early stages of gum disease don't even know they have it. Signs of gum disease may not appear until the disease has advanced to a point that will require invasive treatment from a periodontist.
Nevertheless, you can still be on the lookout for these symptoms of gum disease:
- Loose teeth or teeth separating from each other
- Mouth pain - including swollen and red gums
- Receding gums
- Excessive bleeding after brushing and flossing your teeth
- Mouth sores
- Consistent bad breath that doesn't respond to traditional treatment, like mouthwash
- Noticeable pus between your teeth and gums
- Your partial dentures aren't fitting securely anymore
- A change in the way you bite or the way your teeth fit together
Gum disease increases your risk of systemic health problems, making it more difficult for your immune system to protect you. Ask how non-surgical periodontal therapy can eliminate health problems like heart disease, pneumonia, premature labor, and more.
Gingivitis is often painless at first, making it difficult to diagnose without regular dental checkups. That said, inflammation of the gums caused by gingivitis can be a potentially serious condition. If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned you might have gingivitis, we offer a range of treatments to help.
At Essex Street Dental Medicine, we use cutting-edge laser technology to treat gum disease. During treatment, Dr. Casiglia uses a laser to excise diseased gum tissue. This form of gum treatment allows for a greater degree of precision, making general anesthesia unnecessary. It also often results in shorter recovery times!
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
During your routine bi-yearly cleaning, we scale your teeth and gum line to remove plaque and tartar. Our experts also polish to remove stains and smooth the tooth's surface.
If you are experiencing symptoms or signs of gum disease, you might need a more intricate type of cleaning called scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing is a deep dental cleaning procedure Dr. Casiglia performs to treat patients with current or developing gum disease. Not all patients need this level of cleaning, but it is key for patients diagnosed with gingivitis.
Root Surface Debridement
Over time, calcified deposits in your gum pockets can make the surface of your tooth rough and difficult to keep clean. Root Surface Debridement (RSD) is a procedure used to clean deep-down, in the root surface of the tooth. We treat patients with root surface debridement to remove deposits and slow the progression of gum disease.
Have Questions About Your Gum Disease Treatment Options?
Don't let your painful gum disease symptoms go untreated! Call Essex Street Dental Medicine to schedule an appointment with our gum specialists today.