In order to have healthy teeth, healthy gums are a must. Without the proper care, plaque and bacteria can build up along the gum line and cause an infection that can be very damaging if left untreated. Our goal is to help our patients avoid gum disease altogether, but if it occurs, our in-house periodontist (gum specialist) Dr. James Orban is ready to offer a number of targeted therapies that can take care of it right away.
Periodontal disease can wreak havoc in your mouth. When the sticky plaque that accumulates on your teeth hardens into tartar (or calculus), gums become irritated and bacteria can invade. Gum disease can be increasingly destructive the longer you go without routine professional oral care. Bleeding, red, or swollen gums are a sign that infection has progressed. Without treatment, you could lose teeth and jawbone structure. But a visit to the dentist could save your oral health.
Halitosis refers to bad breath that doesn’t go away even if you brush your teeth or chew freshening gum. It can cause a person to feel really self-conscious in social situations or avoid them altogether, and often, it’s an indicator of an underlying oral infection. We have a number of strategies designed to combat halitosis, ensuring that your breath will not only smell fresh today, but tomorrow and all the days after as well.
As gum disease bacteria breaks down oral tissue, this can cause the gums to literally pull away from the teeth, or recede. This can make the teeth look unnaturally long, plus it exposes the sensitive enamel around the roots of the teeth. This makes them more likely to develop decay that can quickly turn into tooth loss. At Aesthetic Dentistry by Design, instead of a painful gum graft, we use the gentle Chao Pinhole Technique to fix gum recession as quickly and painlessly as possible.
For patients who want a non-surgical treatment for gum disease, he offers Perio Protect, a customized, non-invasive gum therapy. The Perio Protect system consists of a custom-fabricated tray designed to deliver a medicinal solution deep into your gums. Available after a consultation, Perio Protect offers convenient at-home use. If Dr. Gasper determines that you would benefit from this treatment, he will provide the appropriate instructions and medicine to use with your Perio Trays®
Candidates for the Perio Protect system often:
Periodontal disease can be very harmful, but you can take steps to fight it. By providing easily accessible treatments such as Perio Protect, Dr. Gasper hopes to make good oral health a reality for more patients. Call us at Aesthetic Dentistry today—let’s work together to restore and protect your smile.