FAQ : Gum Disease

Your gums help support and protect your teeth and their health is essential for overall oral wellness. Not only do your gums stabilize your teeth they also protect the tooth’s root structure from becoming exposed or damaged. Keeping your gums clean through oral hygiene and six-month dental checkups can help you avoid the development of gum disease. Chapel Hill, NC dentist Dr. James Furgurson offers periodontal therapy for patients experiencing periodontal disease.

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What are the effects of periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria that feed off of the plaque build up on your teeth and gums. Gum disease can damage the teeth, bone integrity, gums, and if spread to the blood stream can be detrimental to your overall health. Gum disease is a progressive condition that should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.

Periodontal disease can cause:

  • Tooth loss
  • Tooth decay
  • Receding gums
  • Bone loss
  • Receding jaw line (due to bone loss)

What treatment options does Dr. Furgurson offer for gum disease?

Chapel Hill, NC dentist Dr. Furgurson offers personalized treatment plans for gum disease. Depending on your oral health and stage of gum disease, Dr. Furgurson may recommend a combination of procedures. Regular dental cleanings, scaling and root planing and diligent oral hygiene can help keep your gums disease free.

What is scaling & root planing?

Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning of the teeth and gums. The procedure removes plaque build up from pockets that develop in the gums where bacteria thrive.

What are the signs of gum disease?

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Shifting of teeth or loose teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Changes in the fit of dentures

Schedule A Consultation

Be sure you visit Dr. Furgurson biannually for your regular teeth cleanings and oral check ups. Regular visits to the dentists can help prevent the need for more advanced procedures. If you believe you are experiencing signs of gum disease contact our Manhattan dentist office or schedule an appointment online.