At Essenmacher Family Dental, we place a high emphasis on overall patient health. Bleeding gums, bad breath, sensitivity, gum recession, and tooth mobility are all signs of an infection called periodontal (gum) disease. Did you know that people who suffer from periodontal disease are at a much higher risk for other serious medical conditions?
The Whole Body Connection
Periodontal disease is an active infection in your gums. Gum disease causes inflammation and researchers have identified links between periodontal disease and conditions such as:
- Heart attack
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Respiratory illness (pneumonia, bronchitis, COPD)
- Low birth-weight babies
By allowing periodontal disease to go untreated, your overall health can be greatly impacted. Dr. Lindsay Essenmacher and our hygiene team take this oral condition seriously and provide a comprehensive treatment plan to address, treat, and control gum disease.
We perform a complete periodontal evaluation for each patient because your health and your gums can change over time. Certain medical conditions such as pregnancy, diabetes, and dry mouth can all adversely affect the health of your gums.
By measuring the pockets in the gums around your teeth and looking for symptoms such as bleeding and gum recession, we can diagnose and treat your condition effectively. Your gums should fit snugly around your teeth, creating a protective barrier from bacteria and food particles. When your gums develop pockets, they become a prime location for an infection to start.
Periodontal Treatment Options
In the beginning stages of gum disease, called gingivitis, your condition may be completely reversible with the proper professional care. Our personalized dental cleanings address your needs and promote healing. We will also discuss any techniques, products, and changes to your home care regimen that could benefit you.
Our hygienists are gentle and thorough. They will be happy to discuss ways to achieve maximum oral health.
In its later stages, periodontal disease is known as periodontitis. This is a serious condition and requires regular monitoring and targeted dental cleanings that focus on keeping your condition under control. You may need to have more frequent dental cleanings to stay healthy and preserve your teeth.
Deep dental cleanings will remove tartar and bacteria from your teeth and beneath your gum line. We also provide localized antibiotic treatment to assist with healing, if necessary.
Once you have gum disease, you are more prone to having it again in the future. With diligent home care and professional cleanings, you can keep tooth loss, bad breath, and other symptoms at bay.
Laser Gum Surgery
By using lasers instead of traditional surgical techniques, we offer pain free solutions to periodontal disease that heal faster and provide superior outcomes for our patients. We use lasers to remove bacteria and diseased tissue, and to promote the regrowth of healthy tissue.
Call Us for an Appointment
Do you want to find out if you have periodontal disease and how to treat it? The best way is for you to contact our Albuquerque, NM dental office and schedule an exam. We look forward to working with you to achieve your highest level of health!