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Create A Healthy Smile Foundation With Dr. Richard Robinette

A bright, healthy smile depends on strong, disease-free gums. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a common and serious infection that damages the soft and hard structures supporting your teeth. If left unchecked, it can lead to inflamed gums, irreversible bone loss, and eventual tooth loss. Dr. Richard Robinette at Dentistry by Design in Spring Hill, TN, has advanced skills and technology to provide specialized treatment for gum disease. No matter what stage your gum disease is in, they can help you regain a pain-free, vibrant smile.

Schedule your gum disease treatment appointment with Dr. Robinette by calling 931-391-3089 for new patients and 931-486-0700 for returning patients.

Our skilled and compassionate dental team at Dentistry by Design offers the highly effective, minimally invasive treatments you need to keep infection under control and maintain proper oral health for years to come.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to painful gum inflammation, persistent bad breath, and even tooth loss.

What Causes Gum Disease?

Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque — a sticky film containing bacteria — on your teeth. If plaque isn’t removed by thorough daily brushing and flossing, the bacteria accumulate and irritate your gums. This irritation causes redness, swelling, and bleeding when you brush.

Plaque can build up and harden into tartar, a hard substance that breaks down gum fibers and bone, creating pockets around the teeth where more bacteria can grow. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen, and the bacteria and inflammation spread below the gum line, affecting the ligaments and bone that hold the teeth in place.

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Symptoms and Stages of Gum Disease

Here are some common symptoms and the stages of progressive gum disease:

Gingivitis: Early Stage Gum Disease

Early Periodontitis: Moderate Gum Disease

Severe Periodontitis: Advanced Gum Disease

The best way to stop gum disease progression is to see our Spring Hill dentist at the first signs of gingivitis. Our experienced professionals at Dentistry by Design can provide specialized treatment before bone loss and serious complications occur.

Gum Disease Treatment Services at Dentistry by Design

Here are some of the most effective professional treatment options provided by the gum care team at Dentistry by Design:

  • Deep Cleaning: Scaling and root planing removes built-up plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. 
  • LANAP Laser Therapy: Laser light destroys harmful bacteria to heal inflamed gums. Laser gum treatment enhances the effectiveness of scaling and root planing.
  • Periodontal Maintenance: Ongoing, professional dental cleanings and monitoring are necessary to manage gum disease and prevent recurrence.

Gum Grafts: Tissue grafted from the roof of the mouth replaces lost gum tissue, covering exposed roots to prevent sensitivity and improve gum health.

How To Prevent Gum Disease At Home

Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential for preventing gum disease and promoting oral health. Here are Dr. Robinette’s tips for effective at-home practices to keep your gums healthy:

  • Brush Twice Daily: Use a soft-bristle brush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss Daily: Clean between teeth and along the gumline.
  • Use Antimicrobial Mouthwash: Rinse to reduce harmful bacteria.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to stimulate saliva.
  • Eat a Balanced Diet: Focus on fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins.
  • Limit Smoking and Alcohol: Both can increase gum disease risk.
  • Manage Stress: Try relaxation techniques like deep breathing.
  • Chew Sugar-Free Gum: Promotes saliva production for oral health.

Visit Dr. Robinette Regularly: Schedule check-ups and cleanings at Dentistry by Design.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is gum disease treatment painful?

Treatment procedures are often performed while the patient is under local anesthetics or dental sedation, minimizing discomfort. Your dentist will discuss pain management options with you before your treatment.

Will my insurance cover gum disease treatment?

Many dental insurance plans cover a portion of gum disease treatment because they consider the treatments preventive. You should check with your provider for specific details before you undergo treatment.

Can I resume normal activities after treatment?

In most cases, patients can resume their regular activities immediately after treatment. Your dentist will provide specific post-treatment instructions.

Can gum disease be completely cured?

Yes, it’s possible to eliminate gum disease during its early stages. While advanced treatments can effectively manage gum disease, you should maintain good oral hygiene to prevent future recurrences.

Take Control of Your Gum Health at Dentistry by Design

If you’re experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, don’t delay treatment and risk permanent tooth loss. The caring professionals at Dentistry by Design provide gentle, personalized gum disease treatment to restore oral health. With advanced technology, years of experience, and a commitment to your comfort and smiles, Dr. Robinette and his team help Spring Hill, TN, patients regain confident, pain-free gum health every day.

Call Dentistry by Design at (931) 391-3089 for new patients and (931) 486-0700 for returning patients to schedule a gum evaluation. Or request an appointment online to get started on the road to renewed oral wellness. With professional treatment, we can eliminate gum disease, and your smile can shine brighter than ever!

Stop gum disease before it’s too late!

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