FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Finding answers to health questions can be confusing, but Periodontal Health Center is here to eliminate the stress and worries that can come when trying to figure out the best plan for proper gum care. Our talented staff is extremely qualified to answer any question you may have, but see if these can help in the meantime!

Should I brush my teeth if it is painful?

If you have any pain while brushing or have any questions about how to brush properly, please be sure to call the office.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures around the teeth. These diseases include the gums, the periodontal ligament, the cementum that covers the root, and the alveolar bone. In the earliest stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, the infection affects the gums. Over time areas of the bone can be impacted which is then called periodontitis. At that stage, the gums can recede from the teeth and form pockets of bacteria and debris. The end result can be the loss of teeth as the bone deteriorates.

What are common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease?

Some telltale signs of periodontal diseases are:

  • Bleeding Gums: One of the earliest and most obvious signs of infection is bleeding gums during or after brushing or flossing.
  • Red, Swollen, or Tender Gums: If your gums are sensitive, red, or swollen, they are possibly becoming infected.
  • Persistent Bad Breath: Another of the most common signs of infection is ongoing bad breath or ongoing bad taste in their mouths.
  • Loose or Shifting Teeth: Later signs of periodontal disease involve movement or migration of teeth. Loose teeth or teeth that appear longer due to receding gums are a clear warning that professional help is required.

Can I put off periodontal treatment?

If periodontal treatment has been recommended, it is important to get started right away, Without intervention, the infection will continue to affect the gums and eventually the bone which anchors your teeth. A few months of delay can require additional and more costly treatment and possibly unnecessary tooth loss.


How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental examinations and cleanings are the first defense against gum disease. These actions lessen the amount of plaque and can prevent the onset of calculus. Other risk factors such as smoking should also be modified or eliminated.

What is the difference between plaque and calculus?

Chances are that you have heard at least one of these terms, most likely the first one. Plaque is a sticky, clear film that constantly forms on your teeth. It is the bacteria that live in plaque and their acidic secretions that cause tooth decay and problems in the gums. Gum inflammations eventually lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease. When plaque isn't removed regularly by brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings it hardens to create calculus (commonly known as tartar). Calculus can only be removed by a dental professional during an oral cleaning.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial teeth and titanium tooth roots that are submerged into the jawbone via oral surgery. They are permanent additions that can replace one or more teeth, and do not affect neighboring teeth. Your periodontist may use several implants to help with any combination of fixed bridges and removable or fixed dentures. Dental implants appear more natural than dentures and patients find them to be more comfortable. Implants are the closest thing to real teeth, and they allow you to eat, speak, and go about your life with confidence.


How Painful Are Dental Implants?

Your surgeon will perform the operation with local or general anesthesia so that your gums and jaw are completely numb. Patients say that the aching they experience after surgery is similar to the recovery from a root canal or pulled tooth. Most dental implant patients are able return to work and everyday activities by the following day.

How Do I Care for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are easy to maintain by brushing and flossing, just like your natural teeth. Additional cleaning aids may be recommended to help keep your teeth healthy at home.