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Gum Care and Gum Disease

Healthy gums to preserve your teeth

Gum Treatment in Columbus, Ohio - Mark D. Raisch, DDS

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Caring for your gums is a vital part of oral hygiene. In its earliest stages, there no obvious symptoms of gum disease, so at Dr. Raisch's office we take measures to help prevent it before it can take root in your mouth.

Using the most advanced techniques in gum care, we can help you to handle any sort of gum disease, rapidly and effieciently.

Left untreated, gum disease can cause bad breath, and lead to tooth loss which can affect your ability to chew, speak and socialize. Let us help you to preserve and protect the health or your teeth and gums.

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Find out more about gum disease and the treatment plans we offer by clicking one of the links below:

To schedule an appointment, call (614) 267-5413 or click here to book an appointment online.

Perio Protect: Fast acting Gum Disease treatment

Perio Protect: Fast acting Gum Disease Treatment

With gum disease, the best defense is a good offense. Dr. Raisch uses a highly effective gum treatment system called Perio-Protect at the first sign of progressive gum disease.

The Perio-Protect system uses a series of custom made Perio Protect Trays that form a special seal to gently pushes anti-bacterial medications into the pockets between the gum and the teeth, keeping it there long enough to be effective against the oral bacteria responsible for gum disease.

Daily use of these trays eliminates the bacteria, reduces tartar buildup, stops bleeding and promotes the reduction of pocket depths.

Dr. Raisch is a licensed Perio-Protect partner. He takes precise impressions of your mouth, and sends them to a dental lab where your customized trays are made. As the treatment suppresses the gum disease, your gums start to shrink and hug your teeth as they should.

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and Root Planing is an in-office procedure that removes hard and soft deposits of calculus (tartar) from the root surfaces of the teeth. Scaling removes plaque, tartar and stains from the surface of teeth and planing smooths the rough areas on the roots. Scaling and root planing encourage healing and help to reduce the depth of the periodontal pocket.

Arestin Gum Therapy

Arestin Gum Therapy

Perioprotect, scaling and root planing are quite effective in removing bacteria that cause infection, but sometimes these procedures can’t reach stubborn bacteria in the bottom of the periodontal pockets.

Dr. Raisch may recommend using Arestin therapy along with other procedures to reach these areas and kill the bacteria.

ARESTIN contains "Microspheres," which are tiny, bead-like particles that are filled with an antibiotic. They are injected into the periodontal pockets right after scaling and root planing. The medication is released in the pockets, killing bacteria for up to 21 days.

Dr. Raisch is very experienced in treating gum disease and helping you to preserve the health of your teeth and gums so you can keep on smiling your beautiful smile throughout your life.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that results from a build up of plaque on your teeth. Plaque is a thin filmy substance that forms in your mouth, and is a ripe breeding ground for oral bacteria. If plaque builds up, it hardens into calculus (or tartar) which can cause gum inflammation and bleeding.

Gingivitis is the earliest and most common stage of gum disease. As gum disease worsens, it becomes known as periodontitis or periodontal disease.

The word periodontal is formed from “perio,” which means “around” and “dontal,” which means “teeth,” so periodontal literally means “around the teeth.”

Stages of Gum Disease

Stages of Gum Disease

Healthy Gums: Healthy gums are a pink color, and they hug the teeth without any gaps between tooth and gum. Normal flossing and brushing does not result in any bleeding.

Gingivitis: The gums appear to be inflamed and may bleed or be sensitive to probing or brushing. You may notice that you have bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth.

Mild Periodontitis: With mild periodontitis, you many notice increased bleeding or swelling and your gums may begin to pull away from your teeth. As with gingivitis, you may have bad breath or a bad taste in our mouth. Pockets form between the gum and tooth, which are very difficult to access for cleaning. The pockets at this stage are 3-4 millimeters deep.

Intermediate Periodontitis: During this stage, the teeth may drift apart and start to have spaces between them. They may also look longer because your gums are receding. Your gums may develop boils or abscesses and you may notice worsened bad breath or taste. Pockets between the gums and teeth are found to be 4-6 millimeters deep.

Advanced Periodontitis: Advanced periodontitis is characterized by loose teeth and sensitivity due to exposed roots. Bad breath or taste may be constant. Advanced periodontitis may result in having teeth extracted. During dental exams, pockets are found to be over 6 millimeters deep.