Gum Disease Westborough, MA

Periodontal Therapy An Overview

Healthy gums are the support network for healthy teeth and a stable smile. When gum health is compromised by periodontal disease, it also places the teeth at risk and can impact your overall health and well-being. Dr. Tufa places an emphasis on the maintenance of healthy gums as part of our preventive dental care at Westborough Dental Associates.

Gum Disease: Two Stages of Development

In the early stage, gum disease often goes unnoticed by most and is often called the “silent disease”. It is not until the symptoms of a developing problem are visible or it is spotted during a dental exam that gum disease is addressed. We screen for the early warning signs of gum disease during all routine dental care visits to help our patients avoid complex problems associated with late stage gum disease.

  • Gingivitis: characterized by bleeding gums, minor redness, swelling of gums around tooth roots or increased sensitivity, gingivitis is the beginning of periodontal disease and should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid permanent damage.
  • Periodontitis: advanced gum disease can lead to shifting of teeth, changes in the fit of the bite or a denture and even tooth loss.

Periodontal Therapy What to Expect

Dr. Tufa will evaluate the condition of your oral health to determine the stage of existing gum disease and your treatment needs. Treatment for gum disease can include:

  • Antibacterial rinses: for mild gingivitis and patients considered at greater risk for developing chronic gum disease, at home rinses may need to be included in your daily oral hygiene routine.
  • Scaling and root planing: if plaque has built up along the gum line and tooth roots, scaling and root planing may be used to gently remove all bacteria and promote tissue healing.
  • Oral surgery: for advanced periodontitis, where damage has occurred to the gums and teeth, Dr. Tufa may coordinate treatment with an oral surgeon to restore your dental health.