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Periodontal Treatment Could Help Save Your Teeth

Gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in America, and a recent study estimates that nearly half of Americans, over age 30, already have a form of the disease. Though there’s no cure for gum disease, the good news is that symptoms are usually reversible in its early stage, which is called gingivitis. Professional, preventive dental care is crucial to maintaining the health of your smile, especially when it comes to your gums. Here’s how a periodontist, or gum specialist, can help you preserve your pearly whites through treating gingivitis and other gum problems.

What Does Gingivitis Look or Feel Like?

The first stage of gum disease often goes unnoticed, because symptoms may be relatively minor, initially. There are subtle warning signs, however, which may worsen over time.

Here’s what to watch for, and ways to know if you need to consult a dentist.

  • Irritated or noticeably swollen gums
  • Gums that bleed during tooth brushing or flossing
  • Red gums, as healthy gums should be light pink in color
  • Loosening teeth
  • Chronic bad breath, which is particularly hard to notice if you are a frequent gum chewer or use mints after meals
  • Plaque and tartar buildup is the main cause of gum irritation and infection

How Can a Periodontist Help?

Periodontists specialize in the treatment of gums and jawbones. In the case of gingivitis or more advanced gum disease, most dentists will refer you to a specialist. However, at Modern Dentistry of Shrewsbury, we have a periodontist on staff that can help address any problems you’re having with your gum health.

Gum lifts and contouring, tissue grafting and ultrasonic scaling can all be completed in-office, as well as extraction of teeth if necessary.

Our periodontist also works closely with the entire dental team to make sure your smile is both healthy and beautiful. Many patients may opt to have cosmetic treatment done after their gum disease has been effectively treated. We can create a comprehensive care plan during consultation.


At Modern Dentistry, Todd A. Pizzi, DDS, and Luciana Messina, DDS, are dedicated to providing high-quality cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dentistry services to patients and families in Shrewsbury, Worcester, North and South Grafton, Westborough, Southborough, Northborough, Boylston, Hopkinton, Millbury, and all surrounding communities. To schedule your next appointment, contact our office by calling 508-842-6356 today.