Periodontics & Gum Disease

Do your gums ever bleed?

If you are reading this I bet that you have brushed or flossed and have found that you have had bleeding from your gums. Think about if you cleaned any other part of your body and that body part bled how you would react. How concerned would you be if your eyes or ears were bleeding? Bleeding gums are not OK. Bleeding indicates that your gums are inflamed, most probably from food accumulation or even from ill placed dentistry. The mouth is the number one source of inflammation in the body. Inflammation has been linked to almost every disease process from cancer to heart disease and more. Taking better care of your gums will not only preserve your teeth but your life.

woman getting a dental exam

Therapy for Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious condition that can ultimately cause you to lose your teeth. It is caused by an infection that begins at the gumline when plaque and tartar build up and cause inflammation of the gum tissue. As more tartar continues to grow, pockets of bacteria begin to form between the teeth and gums.

Eventually, the pockets of bacteria delve deeper under the gumline and begin to undermine the integrity of your tooth. In this advanced stage, the gum tissues detach from your teeth and recede, this is due to bone loss. If this bone loss is not brought under control then your teeth ultimately become mobile and can even fall out.

Periodontal Therapy

How can you tell if gum disease has begun to accumulate under your gumline? Common symptoms of periodontal disease often consist of gums that are:

  • Swollen or inflamed
  • Bleed very easily
  • Discolored (bruised, red, or purple coloration)
  • Sensitive or painful to touch, chewing, or food
  • Receding tissues expose more of the root surface
  • Gaps between teeth as gums recede

Besides these observable symptoms for your gums, you may also notice bad breath, heavy tartar buildup on your teeth, and sensitivity to pressure when you bite. Your teeth may also begin to feel loose or no longer fit correctly when you close your mouth.

Non-Surgical Gum Treatments

To eliminate gum disease, Dr. Shapiro will perform a series of deep cleanings to remove the disease-causing bacteria from your mouth. Each portion of your mouth is numbed and one of our hygienists thoroughly cleans the root surfaces of every tooth. We then review home care techniques with you to help you maintain optimal oral health at home each day. Prevention will be key to ensure you maintain good oral health between visits and after your periodontal treatments conclude.

Surgical Gum Treatments

Surgical treatment of gum disease involves moving the gum tissue lower on the tooth. This reduces the deep pockets around the teeth which are impossible to keep clean. Pocket reduction is the goal of periodontal therapy. The procedures to accomplish this can be done quite painlessly. Your comfort is our main concern.

female dental patient being examined

Is Gum Disease Reversible?

When properly cared for, gum disease can be eliminated and tissue reattachment may occur. While inflammation still persists, it is necessary to have frequent maintenance appointments. As your oral health improves, your appointments are spread further apart.

Don’t Delay, Call Today

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum infections, call the specialists at Center for Cosmetic Dentistry today. The earlier you contact us, the sooner we can begin helping you prevent tooth loss and recover your smile. Don’t deal with the pain and discomfort another day.

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