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Advanced Gum Disease Treatment

Advanced gum disease, clinically known as chronic periodontal disease, is often viewed as a silent health condition. Its symptoms may not become easily apparent until there has been significant and irreversible tissue damage.

However, there are clinical diagnostic procedures that make it possible for this disease to be identified and treated more readily. As a team of periodontal specialists, we have the expertise to diagnose and treat the most advanced levels of periodontal disease in order to preserve your health and your smile.

Recognizing Advanced Gum Disease

As a chronic disease, many of the signs and symptoms of advanced periodontal disease are similar to the signs of infection or inflammation in other parts of the body. This includes:

  • Gums that are red, swollen, painful or tender
  • Bleeding during normal brushing, flossing or chewing
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Receding gums or teeth that appear to be getting longer
  • Teeth that are loose or separating
  • Sores, bumps or blisters in the mouth
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Teeth that don’t seem to fit together
  • A changing or uncomfortable bite
  • Dentures and partials that no longer fit comfortably
  • A history of tooth loss due to gum disease
  • Familial history of tooth loss and/or periodontal disease

Treating Advanced Gum Disease

Advanced gum disease can be treated in a number of ways, according to your physical health and the extent of the disease. For this reason, our team is proficient in a variety of treatment methods, including:

  • Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)
  • Scaling and Root Planing (surgical or non-surgical)
  • Antibiotic Therapy
  • Gum Grafting
  • Crown Lengthening
  • Ridge Augmentation

If you are diagnosed with advanced periodontal disease, we will recommend and implement the treatment procedure(s) that are most appropriate for your condition; however, we believe that you are the most important factor in the success of your periodontal recovery! Your participation and compliance in the dental office and at home will help to ensure that your treatment is truly successful.

If you are affected by one or more of these symptoms, we recommend that you schedule a comprehensive periodontal examination. Please contact our office today to schedule your appointment.

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Signs and Symptoms of Advanced Dental Disease Including Periodontal (Gum) Disease


Chronic disease anywhere in the body is insidious, thus advanced symptoms may only appear late after significant damage has occurred. Warning signs of advanced dental disease include:

- Redness, tenderness, pain, swollen gums
- Bleeding while brushing, flossing or biting into an apple
- Insufficient long term flossing over a lifetime
- Receding gums, frequently described ‘getting long in the tooth’
- Teeth moving or shifting
- Loose teeth
- Appliances no longer fit comfortably
- Previous history of tooth loss including parents
- History of smoking, diabetes or other metabolic diseases

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