Family Dentistry Bad Breath Cleanings Comprehensive Exams Dental Fillings Emergency Appointments Extractions Family Dentistry Hygiene Dentistry Mouthguards Pediatric Dentistry Periodontics Sedation Dentistry Sleep Apnea Cosmetic Dentistry Acceledent Biolase Ceramic Crowns Cosmetic Bonding Cosmetic Dentistry Dental Veneers FirstFit Invisalign KöR Teeth Whitening Laser Dentistry Restorative Dentistry Apicoectomies Bone Grafting Bridges Dental Implants Dentures/Partials Inlays/Onlays Oral Surgery Root Canal Therapy Periodontal TherapyAvailable in Morrisville and Greensboro It sneaks into your mouth slowly, sometimes silently and painlessly, and steals your teeth! This horrible creature, called gum disease or periodontal disease, affects over 75% of adults at some time and causes them more tooth loss than cavities do. Caused by plaque bacteria that attack gums, supporting tissues and even bones, periodontal disease may display warning signs such as: Gums that are red, swollen, tender or bleed easily Gums that have pulled away from teeth Persistent bad breath or bad taste Changes in tooth position, looseness, separation or mismatch Factors increasing gum disease include tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, family history, especially crooked teeth, pregnancy, diabetes, and certain medications. Not to worry – when detected in earlier stages, gum disease can be treated and even reversed. Let Dental Care of North Carolina check your gums today and help ward off that sneaky attacker! Treatment of Gum and Bone Disease Diagnosis and treatment of periodontal (gum and bone) disease vitally affects oral and physical health. Studies have linked gum disease to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other life-threatening conditions. Dentists design soft tissue management (STM) plans to achieve lifelong dental health by eliminating gum infection, inflammation, deep pockets and bleeding to achieve periodontal health. An STM plan typically consists of: A thorough periodontal exam, including deep pocket measurements Deep cleaning below the gum line into the pockets Irrigating treated areas with medication More frequent cleanings A long-term home cleaning regimen When treated in the early stages, the ravaging effects of periodontal disease can be stopped and kept under control. Dental Care of North Carolina uses the most effective periodontal treatments and technologies to enable you to enjoy fresher breath and healthier gums and teeth. Scaling and Root Planing Scaling and root planing is the primary method for treating gum disease. Infrequent brushing and flossing and general poor oral hygiene over prolonged periods of time can cause periodontal, or gum, disease. When this occurs, your dentist will almost certainly recommend scaling and root planing to cure the disease. Over multiple visits, your dentist will use specially-designed dental tools to remove build up on the gum line and under the gums. In most cases, a local anesthetic is utilized. Once the process is complete, your dentist will determine if additional periodontal surgery is required.