Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a serious oral condition that needs to be diagnosed and addressed as soon as symptoms arise. Patients who are dealing with gum disease may never be able to "cure" it, but many will be able to undergo an extensive treatment plan and specialized at-home care that can improve the condition and keep it from worsening to the point of resulting in irreversible damage. Many times patients are not aware there is a problem because gum disease is rarely painful. It can progress gradually and is usually hidden from sight. Patients may even take for granted some key signs of the disease such as bleeding gums when you brush or floss. You may see blood when you rinse after brushing. You may have a bad odor or taste in your mouth.
As part of our new patient examination, we do a full periodontal charting and workup. During this examination, we will determine and diagnose if gum disease is present. In order to do this, we will:
- Take measurements around the gums, looking for pockets and measuring pocket depth
- Check for signs of bleeding and irritation
- Look for gum recession
- Check for any loose or mobile teeth in the mouth
- Determine the overall condition of the gums
- Take several x-rays to examine the condition of the mouth underneath the gums
Say “Ah!” to stop the “Ouch!” of gum disease
In this animation, you’ll see the red flags for gum disease and find out why Dr. David Spilkia and the team work with you to prevent this progressive condition. His Philadelphia, PA office can resolve existing disease, and even reverse its effects if caught early. Call (267) 463-2777.
Many patients who haven't been to the dentist for quite some time may come in for a simple cleaning, but will undergo extensive examination to ensure that there is not an underlying problem that is happening. When Dr. Spilkia examines the patient, he will check to make sure there are no signs of gum disease or periodontal disease that may wreak havoc on the patient's smile, and will do everything possible to inform the patient of the problem and what they can do to improve it.
Dr. Spilkia also focuses on providing his patients with patient education. Teaching his patients about the signs and symptoms to look for when it comes to periodontal disease will assist them in knowing when they need to see the dentist. Patients will have a better understanding as to the severity of the problem and the importance of good oral hygiene, and will know when it's time for a check-up.
It is very important that Dr. Spilkia create a specific treatment plan for patients who are undergoing treatment of gum disease. His hygienists are trained to also teach patients on the proper ways to care for their teeth, and how to effectively brush and floss every day. Each treatment plan is made specifically for the individual patient's particular needs, and focuses on what they need to address.
David Spilkia Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is here to help. Call our office today to schedule a consultation appointment and get started on the road to a healthier, happier smile!
Gum disease is no joke: Whoopi Goldberg shares her story
In this educational video, Whoopi Goldberg shares her experience with gum disease on The View. It was no laughing matter! David Spilkia Family and Cosmetic Dentistry breaks down the comic’s experience, and reminds you to call the Philadelphia, PA office at (267) 463-2777.
Dr. David Spilkia - David Spilkia Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
Dr. David Spilkia
has been attending to the dental needs of the communities of Philadelphia, PA for almost three decades and is trusted by his patients. Having started his education at The City College of New York and graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1983, he practiced dentistry for a few years, before starting the David Spilkia Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in 1988.
Among the range of cosmetic and general dentistry procedures provided by Dr. Spilkia are restorative dentistry
, dental implants
, smile makeovers, and Invisalign orthodontics