The gum, or gingiva, is the foundation that holds your teeth. Infected gums in your mouth can not only be incredibly painful, but they can also be an indication of a more serious condition such as gum disease. If you are thinking about where to go in such a case, Sunny Dental will be our suggested location.
When is gum disease treatment necessary?
Gum is the foundation that connects our teeth with the mouth. So it is very important to take care of it alongside our teeth. A healthy condition for every part of your mouth is required for a beautiful smile.
When the gums are infected, some early symptoms that can be seen are swelling, redness, and bleeding. If these symptoms are seen, it is crucial to contact a dentist immediately because the early stages of gum disease can be prevented quickly. Prolonged negligence can lead chronic, irreversible damage.
Common symptoms of gum disease
Have you ever seen any blood while brushing or felt any pain in your gums? That may be due to gum disease. Blood coming out of the gum is the body’s way to flush out the bacteria. If left untreated, the bacteria can continue to grow and eat away the surrounding gum.
Over time, this disease can lead to bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth. Gums start to shrink and the teeth become weak. We suggest not to wait that long and immediately consult with our dentists after noticing the common Symptoms
How is gum disease treatment done?
There are different levels of gum disease and it is better to get it under control at the early stage. Treatment for this disease varies depending on how severe it is. In the early stages, dentists will suggest patients to
- Clean their teeth properly with fluoride toothpaste. Then flossing at least once a day.
- Stop smoking, if applicable
- Have preventative cleaning done once every 6 months
If your gum disease gets severe, then dentists are more likely to take alternative measures.
- Antibiotics are frequently used to treat gum infections. Your dentist may decide to provide an antibiotic through a pill or injection.
- Deep cleaning, or scaling and root planning, are done so the tooth surfaces are cleaned and the plaque and tartar from the spaces between the teeth are removed. This non-surgical procedure aids in lowering the bacterial populations responsible for gum irritation and infection. You might require a local anesthetic (painkiller) before to make the area more tolerable.
- For more severe gum disease that has not yet impacted bone, a gingivectomy can be performed. It involves removing diseased gum tissue from the teeth’s surrounding area to decrease the depth of the inflammation and lower the possibility of bacterial buildup.
- In osseous surgery, the gum tissue is pulled back to access the germs and tartar that are located below the gum line. Once the area has been free of infection, the injured bone is also reshaped during this procedure.
Why do many people need gum disease treatment?
Gum disease is a chronic illness. Similar to diabetes or other chronic illness, if it is well controlled then it will not cause a lot of damage. If left untreated it can create bad breath, bleeding, and in the worst case, loose teeth.
Your smile is precious and to preserve that you need to take good care of your oral hygiene. Our dentist is always ready to welcome you in any situation and stage.