At Chapel Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we promote healthy gums as the foundation for overall health and wellness. The gums are important not only for the health of the smile, but the aesthetics as well. Dr. James Furgurson place significant emphasis on periodontal health and offers a variety of treatments to meet your health needs.
What is a Periodontal Screening
Early detection is key to preventing gum disease. This short video from the American Dental Association talks about the common signs of gum disease and what to expect during a periodontal screening with your dentist.
Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Some signs and symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red or swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Loose or shifted teeth
- Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
- Persistent bad breath
- Changes in the fit of dentures
- Sores in the mouth
Gum Disease Treatment
Chapel Hill dentist Dr. Furgurson offers several treatment options for periodontal disease. If you have early signs of gum disease, he may recommend frequent dental cleaning procedures to restore your gums to optimal health.
If more intensive treatment is needed, Dr. Furgurson may recommend a deep teeth cleaning known as scaling and root planning. During this procedure, the dentist or hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from the deep pockets of the gum.
Patients who have advanced signs of gum disease may require more intense treatment or surgery. In these cases, Dr. Furgurson may help coordinate treatment with a local periodontist.