Your gums are as important to your oral health – and your overall health – as your teeth. Gum disease can cause you to lose teeth and has been linked to serious health conditions such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. With gum disease treatment in Fairfield, Dr. Pablo Cuevas will:Dr. Cuevas on Gum Disease Read Transcript
Gum disease has silent symptoms. You don't know that you have them. Eighty-five percent of adults have some form of gum disease, and what gum disease is, that the normal bacteria that we have in our mouth can get into the crevice between our teeth and our gums, and if it's allowed to stay there undisturbed, it will get hard, and it's almost like barnacles on a ship, and if it gets hard, the bacteria can attach themselves to your teeth.
If not treated, it's the number one reason why adults lose their teeth. It's not decay, it's gum disease. What we can do is, we have a variety of options that you can choose from. There are a number of problems that gum disease or periodontal disease can cause, and I wish I could just give you an antibiotic and make it go away, but the culprit is really the bacteria in your mouth.
We have to help you control that, and the way we control that is with different procedures and different applications. Once it's under control, your body's going to be healthier.
- Prevent gum disease from progressing from its early stage to a later one where you risk losing teeth
- End unpleasant symptoms like bad breath and bleeding gums
- Restore your gums’ healthy appearance
- Potentially lower your risk of problems associated with gum disease, like diabetes
If you think you could have gum disease, call us ASAP at 203-349-3537.
Fight Gum Disease With a Combination of Office & Home Treatments
It is easier and less expensive to treat gum disease when it’s discovered in its early stages. If left untreated, it can progress to full-fledged periodontitis. This is the stage where tissue and bone begin to break down, and you can lose teeth. To facilitate early treatment, Dr. Cuevas checks for signs of gum disease during every dental exam.
If he finds gum disease, he’ll treat it with a special deep cleaning process called scaling and root planing. He’ll remove plaque and bacteria from above and below your gumline and smooth the roots of your teeth to make it easier for your gums to heal. We’ll use local anesthesia so you remain comfortable. If you need it, you can also receive dental sedation.
In some cases Dr. Cuevas will also recommend Perio Protect®, a home treatment that involves wearing custom-made dental trays filled with an antibiotic. Made using impressions of your teeth, the trays look similar to those used for whitening. The trays’ special seal ensures the medication goes where it’s needed, into the area under your gums.
For gum disease treatment in Fairfield, call 203-349-3537. We’re located at 111 Beach Road, near the intersection of Beach Road and Post Road. Our office is on the second floor.