Gum Disease

Want to Learn More about Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also know as periodontal disease, is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults across America.  It is most often caused by the build-up of plaque and tartar when teeth are not routinely brushed and flossed. Although gum disease may be painless, it can damage the attachment of the gums and bone to the teeth. Additionally, it is very possible to have infected gums without any apparent symptoms.  At Marco Prime Dental, we make it possible for you to get non-surgical gum treatments without ever leaving the island.  

What are the Dangers of Gum Disease?

Gum disease is more serious than some people may think. Since the gums in your mouth are meant to help prevent inflammation that may damage your body, if you have gum disease you can be prone to many health issues. In fact, research has shown that gum disease has been connected to health issues such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, asthma, Alzheimer’s, cancer and more.

Treatments for Gum Disease (Periodontitis)

The first phase of therapy involves a process that we call periodontal scaling and root planing, or “deep cleanings.” During these appointments, the areas around the teeth are numbed and one of our hygienists thoroughly cleans all pocket areas and root surfaces throughout your mouth. Depending on the severity of your case, we will usually break the process up between two appointments.

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“Newest Technology In Lasers” Simplified Treatment – Reduce Cost- Saves Teeth

For more advanced cases of gum disease, Marco Prime Dental offers LANAP laser periodontal treatment. Instead of referring you to an off-site periodontist for flap surgery, the laser sterilizes each pocket area and boosts healing when performed in conjunction with your deep cleaning.

Gum recession is a common side effect of periodontitis, leading to teeth that look “long” or have sensitivity. If you’re experiencing symptoms of gum disease, call our Marco Island dental office for the most advanced care available. We’ll be happy to provide you with a complimentary consultation.

Signs of Gum Disease

When plaque buildup accumulates under the gumlines for an extended period of time, the tissues become inflamed and infected. This can cause them to pull away from the tooth, creating a deep “pocket” under the gumlines. Not only is tissue support lost; bone is as well. As a result, it’s common to experience symptoms like:


Tooth mobility, or loss of the tooth


Food packing under your gums or between teeth during meals


Bad breath (halitosis)


Gums that are swollen, sensitive, or bleed


Receding gumlines

In most cases, mild gingivitis will respond to daily brushing and flossing. If symptoms do not reverse themselves within about two weeks, you likely have an advanced stage of gum disease.