If you’re struggling with gum disease, there are steps you can take to reverse and even treat this condition. Gum disease starts as gingivitis which causes your gums to become inflamed, tender, red and prone to bleeding. Advanced gum disease, or periodontitis, may eventually lead to tooth loss.
At Hiram Family Dentistry, you’re not alone in the fight against gum disease. Our team of experienced dental professionals will help you form habits that will reverse the symptoms of gum disease, and help you make a plan for a lifetime of good dental health.
Signs of Gum Disease
Knowing the warning signs of gum disease is the key to getting medical attention early. The quicker you can catch gum disease, the less likely the condition is to worsen. Gum disease warning signs include:
- Swollen, red or tender gums
- Gums that bleed upon light impact
- Bad breath
- Pus between teeth and gums
- Deposits of buildup along gum line
- Loose or moving teeth
- Changes in the way your dental appliances fit
How to Treat and Prevent Gum Disease
First, you’ll want to take all necessary steps to prevent gum disease from worsening. This can include flossing once a day, brushing twice a day, avoiding sugar and tobacco products, and regularly attending your dental appointments. These simple lifestyle changes and oral hygiene habits can make a big impact on your gum health.
Scaling & Root Planing
This is a nonsurgical procedure that professionally scrapes away plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. Done under local anesthetic, this also includes smoothing out rough spots on teeth so the gums have a smooth surface to cleanly reattach to.
There are a number of surgeries available for more severe gum disease corrections. Flap surgery involves peeling back your gums to remove tartar and placing the gums more snugly around the teeth. Bone grafts and bone surgery use your bone or synthetic bone to replace diminished bone and strengthen the teeth and gums. Soft tissue grafts and guided tissue regeneration fill in any places where gums are missing or thinning.
It’s also possible to use antibiotics to help lessen disease-causing bacteria in the mouth. Medication may be taken as a mouth rinse or as a gelatin-filled chip placed in pockets of your gums. Your dentist may recommend other antibiotics as well, or even simple antibacterial toothpastes to help with treatment.
Contact Us Today to Make an Appointment!
If you’re concerned about gum disease getting out of control, there are solutions for you at Hiram Center for Family Dentistry. We are committed to the highest dental health standards for the Hiram, Powder Springs and Dallas communities, and we want you to know you’re not alone in battling gum disease.
Call our office or fill out our online contact form to get started today with an affordable, routine visit. Our team will check on the state of your teeth and gums. If gum disease is affecting your mouth, we’ll be able to catch it and begin helping immediately.