Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection that affects the gums and bone that support the teeth. It is linked to other systemic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Because gum disease can lead to painful abscess and tooth loss, your dental professional will perform a thorough exam, in order to catch this disease in its earliest stages. Gum disease leads to bone loss around the teeth and creates pockets that may be difficult for you to easily access for cleaning at home. Your team will discuss if a periodontal deep cleaning is necessary to help control this chronic disease process.
The best way to determine if you have periodontal disease is to consult your dentist. However, there are distinct signs and symptoms. Indications of gum disease include bleeding gums especially after brushing or flossing. Infected gums may also recede exposing more tooth enamel. A complete list of gum disease indicators include:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Receding gums
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Visible pus around the teeth & gums
- Dull or sharp pain when chewing food
- Overly sensitive teeth to hot or cold temperatures
How to Treat Gum Disease
Once your diagnoses is confirmed, gum disease treatments vary based on the stage of the disease. If caught early, gum disease is easier to treat and less expensive, which is motivation to have regular dental exams. Treatments may span the course of several visits, and typically begin with a procedure that removes tartar or plaque from your teeth.
During subsequent appointments your dentist will smooth the root surfaces of your teeth to allow the gum tissue to reattach to your teeth.
Severe Gum Disease Treatment: Periodontal Surgery
In severe cases of periodontal disease, periodontal surgery is required. Typically, If the deep dental cleaning done early in the treatment plan fail to halt the progression of gum disease, surgery may be required. Periodontal surgery allows your dentist to clean your gums and teeth more thoroughly and deeper than standard gum disease treatments. Periodontal surgery requires more post-operative recovery time and follow-up, so the goal at Lee Dental Centers is to help catch the disease process early and only use surgical intervention when it is becomes necessary.
Gum Disease Maintenance After Treatment
After your gum disease treatment is complete, maintaining the health of your teeth and gums is important. Regular, professional dental cleanings every three-four six months will help keep your periodontal health intact. Excellent home care is essential for long-term periodontal stability, so your Lee Dental providers may recommend additional home care tools to help you be successful.
For more information about Lee Dental Centers gum disease treatment plans, call us today to schedule an appointment at 210-681-5555.