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A Vital Part of a Dentist’s Job
Dr. Peter Smilovits considers proper treatment for gum disease to be among the most important jobs a dentist has. Why? Because to maintain good oral health, you must consider both the teeth and gums in the equation, not just one or the other.
A general dentist will handle cavities and restore you teeth. A specialist in gum treatment, a periodontist, will treat the gums and pockets around the teeth for bacteria to keep your jaw healthy. Dr. Smilovits, however, considers both avenues of treatment and will combine proper gum care with general and restorative dental work so that you can restore your mouth to full health and function, all under one roof.
Dr. Smilovits has many years of advanced training in gum treatment and tooth restoration, making him uniquely qualified to diagnose the state of your teeth and gums and help you keep your teeth for years to come.
Free consultation – Expert diagnosis
You can receive a FREE consultation with Dr. Smilovits where he will give you a thorough gum check and examine the state of your oral health. The result is a custom dental treatment program for you to achieve optimum oral health and comfort.
Call us for an appointment at 216.464.9696 or click here to request an appointment online.
How we help you stop gum disease
The cause of gum disease is primarily the presence of bacteria. Therefore, we offer non-surgical treatment to remove the bacteria in cases of mild to intermediate gum disease. This is done by means of Scaling and Root Planing (or “Deep Cleaning”). We take care to keep this procedure painless, while still remaining thorough.
Because one cannot see inside the deep pockets, Deep Cleaning is done by feel and while it eliminates a large portion of the bacteria and “barnacles” attached to the root, it is not possible to locate all of them. Therefore, in addition to Deep Cleaning we use Arestin® therapy to help rid your gums of infectious bacteria. Arestin therapy is accomplished by placing a special antibiotic in the deep pockets under the gum where bacteria accumulates. Arestin therapy greatly reduces the chances of further progression of the gum disease.
Treating advanced gum disease
More advanaced stages of gum disease require more extensive treatment. Sometimes a long-term treatment plan consisting or deep cleaning, Arestin Therapy and proper oral care at home is enough to eliminate the problem-causing bacteria.
In some cases, however, surgery may be required to get down into the deep pockets near the roots. On the positive side, in cases where extensive gum treatment is successfully completed, it does give a greater chance of saving your teeth.
Symptoms of gum disease
Factors that contribute to gum disease include poor oral hygiene, irregular professional dental cleanings, smoking or chewing tobacco, certain medications, defective fillings, crooked teeth and systemic diseases.
Warning signs of gum disease are:
- Gums that bleed during tooth brushing
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
A healthy lifestyle, regular brushing and flossing, and regular visits to the dentist for cleanings are the best way to keep your gums healthy and to avoid gum disease.
What is gum disease and what causes it?
Gum disease is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss in the US!
Gum disease is caused by bacteria in your mouth. In a healthy state, the gums around your teeth are tight, pink, do not bleed when they are gently probed, and there is little space between the gums and the teeth for bacteria to build up.
If the bacteria are not removed effectively, the first stage of gum disease is that your gums can start to bleed and may become red and swollen (gingivitis). This may not be readily visible, especially in between and around the back teeth, but the space between the gums and teeth becomes bigger. The bacteria now have somewhere to hide.
As the space (pocket) deepens, the bacteria change in nature and become more aggressive. Your body starts to fight this infection. The combination of the bacteria and your body’s response to them, leads to a loss of the bone that supports the teeth. This is periodontal disease or periodontitis (periodontitis — a word that comes from the combination of the smaller words: “per” meaning around, “dont” meaning tooth and “itis” meaning inflammation or infection).
Therefore, the most important thing to do is correctly diagnose the presence and severity of gum disease. We test your gums for signs of gum disease and severity and then an appropriate plan can be made to prevent the spread and progression of the disease.
Call us to schedule a gum check at 216.464.9696 or click here to request an appointment online.