How can we help you?
At Middletown Dental, we want you to be an active participant in achieving and maintaining your oral health, and we understand that you may have questions about your treatment. We welcome your questions, and we’ve included answers here to some of the questions we hear most. If you find that your question isn’t answered here, please feel free to contact our office.
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is mostly caused by plaque and bacteria buildup that is not treated in its early stage. Other causes of periodontal disease include tobacco use, teeth grinding, some medications, and genetics. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease, and, if detected, is treatable. Gingivitis left untreated may turn into gum disease. Advanced gum disease will lead to tooth and bone loss, and is a permanent condition. Brushing your teeth regularly and visiting the dentist every six months will help prevent gingivitis and more severe cases of periodontal disease.
Common signs of gum disease:
- Red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth, or loss of teeth
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
- Receding gum line
- Abscessed teeth
At Middletown Dental, routine cleanings are recommended for our patients every six months. This is also the time when Dr. Sukumar screens you for issues such as oral cancer, periodontal (gum) disease, and tooth decay. Our hygienist will also clean your teeth and remove the plaque that contributes to many of these conditions. Keeping up with your routine visits every six months helps to prevent many of the issues from happening in the first place.
A deep cleaning is recommended for someone who is suffering from gum disease. In the advanced stage of gum disease, known as periodontitis, patients will require a deep cleaning. This extensive cleaning, called scaling and root planing, reaches below the gum line to remove the plaque and tartar buildup that is causing an infection in your mouth.
During a deep cleaning, you will be numb to ensure that you don’t experience any discomfort. Dr. Conti, who is our periodontal specialist at Middletown Dental, will oversee this process and monitor your healing to ensure that your condition is being successfully managed.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease; however, with the help of your dental team and some additional cleanings throughout the year, you can successfully manage your condition and keep gum disease under control.