Gum disease affects more than 3 out of every 4 Americans and is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. Beyond dental health, gum disease has been linked to many other major health concerns including heart disease, diabetes and low birth weight. Andrew Cobb, DDS stresses the importance of gum health to his patients and provides a comprehensive periodontal screening with each visit to look for signs of gum disease. Like most problems, gum disease is easiest to treat and manage in the early stages.
Dr. Cobb also offers a full range of treatments for patients who have advanced gum disease and experience problems like bleeding gums, receding gums, and loose or missing teeth.
Causes & Symptoms of Gum Disease
There is no single cause or factor for gum disease. While poor oral hygiene may be a contributing factor for some, most people who have signs or symptoms of gum disease take measures to care for their teeth daily by brushing and flossing. In many cases, smoking or tobacco use is a significant factor. Other causes may be a genetic predisposition, hormonal changes, prescription medication, teeth grinding, poor nutrition and stress.
Known as a “silent disease”, many patients with gum disease don’t experience pain or obvious symptoms until advanced stages of the condition. Patients with gum disease most commonly experience:
- Red, swollen or sore gums
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Mouth sores or pus between gums and teeth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- Changes in the fit of dentures
Treatment For Gum Disease
Dr. Cobb offers many options for gum disease treatment depending on your specific condition. We may choose from traditional techniques as well as new technologies like laser dentistry to perform treatment that is faster and more comfortable.
Replacing Missing Teeth
If you have loose or missing teeth as a result of gum disease, Dr. Cobb will also recommend replacement options. Treatment for missing teeth may include: dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures.