Despite the fact that more adults are keeping most (if not) all of their natural teeth well into old age than ever before, gum disease and tooth loss continue to be a significant problem for adult Americans. According to statistics from the American College of Prosthodontists and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 40 million American adults are missing all of their natural teeth, and over 40% are missing at least one tooth. Although increased age continues to be a factor in the risk of developing periodontitis (aka gum disease), the affliction and accompanying tooth loss can still affect younger adults at any age. Though prevention remains the best tool in the fight against periodontitis, there are a number of available treatment options to help manage the effects of gum disease at every stage. If you are suffering from periodontitis, Dr. Peter Silberstein can help; call his Boynton Beach office today and learn of the various treatment options offered to restore your oral health and smile.
Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment in Boynton Beach, FL
There are a few stages of gum disease, starting with the mildest form (gingivitis). The most common signs of gingivitis are red, swollen gums and bleeding. If left untreated, gum disease gets progressively worse over time and can lead to gum recession, bad breath, infection, loose teeth, and, ultimately, tooth loss. The best way to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene and to see the dentist every six months for a checkup and a professional cleaning.
What to Do About Gum Disease
Depending on the extent of gum damage, there are a few options available to help reverse the effects of periodontal disease:
- Scaling and root planing (a deep cleaning procedure to remove plaque and tartar buildup)
- Periodontal laser surgery (a less invasive option to remove damaged gum tissue)
- Gum grafting (to replace receding gum tissue and protect roots from exposure_
- Bone grafting (to replace lost bone tissue in the gums)
- Dental implants (for tooth loss)
Find a Dentist in Boynton Beach, FL
For more information about what you can do to protect yourself from gum disease or to learn more about treatment options, contact our office today by calling (561) 459-1600 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Silberstein today.