Do you have red, swollen, or bleeding gums? You may be developing periodontitis, or gum disease. This condition is caused by the infection of gum tissue. Plaque that infects the gums can inflame them and cause bleeding.
As gum infection progresses, pockets can form between teeth, loosening them or causing them to fall out. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and should be treated as soon as possible.
Common Causes of Gum Disease
Common causes of gum disease include:
- Tobacco Use
- Improper oral hygiene
- Certain medications
Patients with these conditions may be more likely to develop gum disease than other patients.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Common signs of periodontitis to look out for include:
- Swollen gums
- Bad breath (Halitosis)
- Bleeding gums
- Mouth sores
- Gum swelling
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, call our office at 704-255-4256 for comprehensive restorative treatments. Our professional team will work with you to treat infection and find an effective solution.
There are multiple treatments to treat gum disease and its effects, including:
Antibiotics can help remove bacteria that cause infection, but when the infection is severe they may not be enough. Periodontitis can be treated through these common surgical and non-surgical methods:
Scaling and Root Planing: These two separate treatments are often used in combination to help clean gums and treat gum inflammation. Scaling is a deep cleaning treatment that goes beneath the gum line to remove plaque and tartar. Root planing smooths out tooth roots to help gums reattach to teeth.
Gum graft surgery: During this surgical procedure, tissue is taken from another part of the mouth and used to cover tooth roots. In the later stages of periodontitis, tooth loss can be prevented with gum grafting.
Flap surgery: The gums are lifted and the tartar is cleaned from beneath them during flap surgery. This treatment can address deep gum pockets.
Periodontal Therapy FAQs
Is gum disease permanent?
Gum disease isn’t a permanent condition, but it’s easier to treat the earlier it’s diagnosed. If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, particularly soreness or bleeding gums while brushing teeth, schedule an appointment sooner rather than later.
What are the stages of periodontal disease?
Gum disease starts with gingivitis, which is gum inflammation due to plaque accumulating on the teeth. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, advanced periodontitis, and tooth loss. The further gum disease progresses, the more likely you’ll experience receding gums, loosening teeth, and other problems. This is why it’s crucial to treat gum disease early on.
How can I make sure my gums are being cleaned?
The most important thing you can do is make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day and keeping up with your flossing routine. Make sure your toothpaste has the ADA seal of approval and also contains fluoride. Rinse your mouth with a therapeutic mouthwash as well as an extra precaution.
Is periodontal treatment painful?
Periodontal treatment is less painful the earlier patients catch periodontics and begin treatment. As the disease progresses it becomes more painful and may require extensive treatment.
Is periodontitis curable?
Periodontitis is curable in its first and earliest stage. Once it has reached the second stage it cannot be reversed, but further damage can be prevented and mitigated with dental treatments.
Request A Thorough Dental Exam & Periodontal Screening
Have you noticed any of the common signs of gum disease? Call the Stewart Dental Group for treatment today at 704-255-4256. You can also request an appointment online today and we will get back to you shortly.