Periodontal Disease Treatment
Do your gums look swollen or bleed when you brush? Do you dismiss it as being a result of brushing and flossing your teeth?
Bleeding gums aren't healthy and are a sign that you have a gum infection that your body is actively trying to fight. Our Madison, AL dentists must treat gum disease as soon as possible, because untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and have serious health repercussions that affect your overall wellness.
Gum Disease Impacts Your Total Body Health
Research finds more and more every year how closely periodontal disease is tied in with so many other systemic health factors and how managing periodontal disease can have an impact on health concerns that many individuals may face.
Gum disease can be easy to ignore because it often doesn't cause severe symptoms, but it is critically important to understand it and respect its significance.
Symptoms of Gum Disease to Look Out For
Your dentist and hygienist check your gums at every visit and can tell you if you have gum disease. The sooner we treat you, the better the odds are for long-term success, so be on the lookout for symptoms like:
- Gums that easily bleed when you brush
- Inflamed, tender, or swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath caused by gum infection
- Teeth that feel loose to the touch
If you notice any of these, call our Madison, AL dental office as soon as possible. The sooner we find and treat gum disease, the easier and more effective your treatment will be.
Gum Disease Treatment
Periodontal disease requires a long-term team effort to treat, but our dental team cannot treat it all on our own. It also requires a good understanding on your part, and a high-quality, consistent home care routine to supplement the more frequent hygiene maintenance visits that you will likely need.
Early Gum Disease – Gingivitis
Gingivitis is the earliest form of periodontal disease and is very common. With early intervention, gingivitis is typically easy to treat. Our dental hygienist will perform a thorough cleaning that includes removing plaque and tartar from all surfaces of your teeth and below your gums, and offering brushing and flossing tips to improve your hygiene routine at home.
Advanced Gum Disease – Periodontitis
If we don't treat gingivitis, it progresses to periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. Now the infection is attacking the bone and structures that support your teeth, and you'll notice that your teeth are getting loose. Without treatment, you may even suffer tooth loss.
Treatment for periodontitis involves a deep-cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing that removes bacteria-filled plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth and below your gums and smooths the root surfaces of your teeth. This step eliminates spots where bacteria collect and allows your gums to reattach more readily to the roots as they heal.
In some cases, even a scaling and root planing procedure isn't sufficient to combat gum disease and our dentists may recommend more advanced treatment or refer you to a periodontist.
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It's not all bad news, however, because gum disease is highly preventable. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once. Visit our Madison dental office every six months—or as recommended—for exams and cleanings, so we can help you stay a step ahead of gum disease.
Is it time for your next dental cleaning? Call Gibson Dental so we can schedule an appointment for you.