Periodontal Disease

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Quality Gum Disease Treatment in Fort Myers

Happy couple taking care of their gum disease treatmentAt the dental practice of Jay Shartzer, DDS, helping our patients maintain healthy gums is a crucial part of our oral care philosophy. The health of your gums influences your overall health and can have far-reaching effects. If your gums are red, tender, or bleed when you brush, then you're likely experiencing symptoms of gum or periodontal disease. Dr. Shartzer and his team are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating diseases that affect your gums and the integrity of your smile.

Our gum disease treatment in Fort Myers includes modern technology and advanced techniques for safe, effective, and reliable care. Our goal is to address current gum disease problems and prevent more severe issues. We provide various gum disease treatment options in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. If you suspect you have gum disease, contact us to schedule an appointment today!


What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums. Harmful bacteria found in dental plaque accumulate above and below the gum line, attacking your mouth's soft tissues. The buildup can eventually lead to structural damage in your mouth, including receding gums, tooth loss, and bone loss. In advanced stages, gum disease may result in health problems within other areas of your body, including stroke, heart disease, arthritis, and respiratory diseases.

Gum disease may progress subtly, but there are warning signs. Symptoms that indicate the presence of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bleeding during and after brushing or flossing
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Pain when chewing
  • Deep pockets between gums and teeth
  • Shifting, loose, or lost teeth
  • Gum abscesses

Our compassionate team focuses on catching gum disease in its early stages and addressing it quickly to avoid extensive damage. This is why we recommend regular dental exams and proper oral hygiene.

What Causes Gum Disease?

There are many factors that can contribute to periodontal disease. While not all of them are things you can control, practicing good dental hygiene and visiting the dentist regularly can help reduce the impact on other factors. Common causes of gum disease include:

  • Poor oral hygiene. Any plaque that is not removed by brushing or flossing will turn into tartar, making it easier for bacteria to accumulate.
  • Hormonal changes, such as those occurring during puberty, pregnancy, monthly menstruation, and menopause.
  • Illnesses such as diabetes, HIV, or cancer.
  • Smoking and tobacco use.
  • Acidic and sugary foods.
  • Certain medications that lessen the flow of saliva and cause abnormal growth of gum tissue.
  • Family history of dental diseases.

What Are the Stages of Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease progresses in three stages, and the treatment we recommend depends on the stage you are in. Each of the stages poses a threat to the integrity of your smile and your overall health.

Gingivitis: This is the mildest and most easily treatable stage of gum disease. It causes inflammation and irritation of the gums, but the teeth remain firmly in position. The initial warning signs of gingivitis are red, tender, or bleeding gums.

Periodontitis: Without prompt treatment, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis. Disease-causing bacteria penetrate deeper into pockets of tissue, and the gums begin to pull away from teeth. This creates spaces where plaque, tartar, and bacteria can continue to accumulate.

Advanced Periodontitis: This is the final and most aggressive phase of periodontal disease. It is characterized by deeper pockets between the gums and teeth, rapid loss of bone tissue, destabilization of the teeth, and tooth loss. Aggressive periodontal disease requires more advanced treatment options to save and preserve the soft tissues of the mouth.

Our Comprehensive Approach to Gum Disease in Fort Myers

During your visit, our dentist will perform a thorough exam to check for signs of gum disease, determine the extent of the infection, and find the optimal treatment plan for your specific situation. We use periodontal charting to measure the spaces between your teeth and gum tissue. We also check for areas of gum recession and bleeding of the gum tissue. Periodontal charting allows us to provide the best care possible and detect changes during your routine exams.

Your treatment for gum disease will depend on the level of infection and the condition of your gums. Our friendly and skilled team delivers high-quality and gentle gum disease treatment. We take time to understand your concerns and ensure your comfort.

In our practice, we treat mild to moderate cases of gum disease. If you have advanced periodontitis, Dr. Shartzer will refer you to a trusted periodontist for advanced treatment. Our treatment options for gum disease include:

Scaling and Root Planing: Also called a deep cleaning, this non-surgical gum treatment is designed to disinfect the pockets below the gum line. We use specialized tools to gently remove plaque and tartar from all your teeth. After plaque has been removed, Dr. Shartzer will smooth the rough surfaces on the roots of your teeth. This helps your gums reattach to your teeth and prevent plaque and tartar from building back up again.

Periodontal Maintenance: Periodontal maintenance is routine cleaning recommended every three to four months after your scaling and root planing procedure. This type of cleaning targets periodontal pockets to eradicate dangerous bacterial growth, control inflammation, and maintain gum health. We will also provide guidance on proper hygiene techniques and dietary advice to ensure continuous improvement.

Reliable Fort Myers Gum Disease Treatment for Renewed Oral Health

Our team is passionate about restoring your overall oral health. If your gums are red, swollen, or bleeding, the dental office of Jay Shartzer, DDS, is here to help care for your smile and well-being. Schedule an appointment with us today and learn more about our gum disease treatments.


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