July 2018

Four Ways to Non-Surgically Treat Gum Disease

Woman Smilinf in Dental Chair Atlanta, GAYour gums are the foundation of your smile. Not only do these soft tissues help hold your teeth in place, but the condition of your gums is closely linked to your overall health. Periodontal disease is the most serious threat to your gums and it is also the most prevalent oral health conditions. Nearly half of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease, according to the CDC.

Gum disease begins when plaque and bacteria accumulate along the gum line. As the gums become irritated and infected, they will present visible signs of redness, tenderness, puffiness and bleeding. If allowed to progress, this gum infection can cause the gums to pull away from the tooth roots and even destroy the underlying bone. Advanced gum disease has also been associated with systemic health concerns, including stroke, heart attack, diabetes and premature birth. In short, gum disease is a condition that needs to be addressed promptly and effectively.

If caught in a timely manner, gum disease can be managed and reversed with non-surgical therapies. Depending on the severity of your periodontal disease, one of the following may be recommended:

Better Hygiene, Better Habits
In mild cases, such as gingivitis, gum disease can be reversed easily with a simple change in habits. This may include a decision to stop smoking, better brushing and flossing habits, proper management of a diabetes condition or other lifestyle choices that reduce your risk for gum disease.

Deep Cleaning
One of the most proven treatments for mild to moderate gum disease is a deep cleaning, which is commonly termed scaling and root planing. This procedure involves a combination of handheld instruments and ultrasonic cleaners that get rid of bacteria and plaque in the pocket of infected gum tissues. A deep cleaning sanitizes the gums and encourages the gums to reattach to the surface of the tooth roots.

Antibacterial Solutions and Mouth Rinses
In some cases, your dentist may prescribe a special mouth rinse or antibacterial solution to use on a daily basis. This can reduce the amount of harmful bacteria in your mouth and allow your gums the chance to heal instead of deteriorate further.

Laser Gum Cleaning
Laser technology has revolutionized many facets of dentistry, including how we address gum problems. Dental lasers can treat soft-tissue damage before it becomes a severe problem. The laser allows for a pain-free method of removing and killing bacteria deep between the gums and teeth. It also acts as a sterilization device for gums before or during root canals or cavity repair procedures.

If you are concerned about the condition of your gums, don’t ignore it. At the office of Dr. Wayne Suway, we offer a variety of methods to treat mild to advanced gum disease. By restoring the health of your gums, we can protect your smile as well as your overall health.

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Do You Need TMJ Treatment?

Man with Jaw Pain TMJ Treatment Atlanta, GAWhen it comes to your ability to speak, laugh and chew, we often consider the teeth and tongue as primary parts. But what about the jaw? Your jaw joint (or Temporomandibular joint) is the powerful engine behind it all. In fact, the TMJ is one of the most frequently used joints in the entire body! It’s not surprising that the jaw joint is susceptible to damage, inflammation and pain. The TMJ can become injured in a sudden trauma, but it most often suffers harm from overuse or excessive strain.

It is important to pay attention to any changes you feel in your TMJ. TMJ disorder can be effectively treated by a skilled dentist, but it often involves some level of intervention. If left alone, TMJ disorders can lead to debilitating pain that compromises your ability to eat, speak and enjoy life.

What Causes TMJ Problems?

There are a variety of causes for TMJ disorder, including injury, disease, teeth grinding and misalignment. It is important to let a dentist give you an accurate diagnosis before a treatment plan is put in place. For instance, a nighttime mouthguard will not help your TMJ if your jaw pain is a result of malocclusion that requires braces.

How to Recognize TMJ Disorder?

It is critical that you know the warning signs of TMJ disorder so that your condition can be treated promptly and more conservatively. If you are experiencing only mild symptoms, be sure to mention it to your dentist at your next dental checkup. It may be as simple as avoiding chewing gum for several weeks to give your jaw muscles a break. Regardless, your jaw is a primary component over your overall dental health and it demands proper care.

Are you experiencing the following signs and symptoms? You may qualify for TMJ treatment:

  • Swelling or pain around the TMJ region
  • Limited movement with side to side movement or locking of the jaw when closed
  • Eye pain behind your eyes
  • Tension headaches
  • Earaches or ringing in your ear
  • Eating feels laborious or tiring
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Bite changes
  • popping or clicking noises in the jaw
  • Jaw and facial pain
  • Jaw dislocation when your mouth is open

If you think you could have TMJ disorder, don’t delay treatment. Call Dr. Wayne Suway in Marietta for a full evaluation and effective solution. We never want your teeth, gums or jaw to be a reason for daily disruption or discomfort. Dr. Suway has years of experience in treating mild to complex TMJ issues.

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