Periodontal Disease Treatment
You might have periodontal disease if you sometimes have bleeding gums when you brush your teeth. Commonly referred to as gum disease, periodontal disease can put your dental health at risk if you leave it untreated.
Indeed, the gums help maintain your teeth strength and stability. However, when your gums become infected, the infection could spread to the teeth or even loosen your teeth. Many people fail to realize that the structure surrounding the teeth, aka the gums and cementum that covers the root, can affect the teeth and the rest of your body. That is why, at Burncoat Family Dental practice, our team also specializes in periodontics care to ensure the surrounding structures can remain healthy.
How do you spot the signs of periodontal disease?
As the periodontal disease affects the gum, any signs of discomfort in the gum area need to be taken seriously. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection that begins in the gums and the cementum; therefore, you need to consider all the typical indications of infection:
- Prolonged swelling and tenderness generally show the presence of bacteria in the gum. It is often accompanied by redness and bleeding
- The persistence of bad breath despite maintaining dental hygiene routine, namely brushing and flossing
- Slightly loose teeth
- Gums moving away from your teeth
- Visible pus around the teeth and/or gums
Are you worried about periodontal disease or other signs of gum discomfort? Reach out to our experts at Burncoat Family Dental practice to book an appointment at (508) 852-0168.
What happens when you ignore signs of periodontal disease?
In the long term, the bacteria trapped inside the gum could travel to the root of the teeth, leading to a dental abscess.
Additionally, bacteria can travel through the bloodstream and reach your organs, including the heart. This can lead to serious cardiovascular consequences.
How does gum disease inflammation progress?
The inflammation can progress to reach the bone structure, the teeth, and even the rest of your body. However, most patients seek treatment in the early stages.
Stage 1: Gingivitis is caused by bacterial plaques that build up around your teeth. The first signs include swollen, red, and bleeding gums. The condition is easily reversible with regular brushing and professional cleaning.
Stage 2: When left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis, which happens when toxins build up inside the gum tissues and ligaments. This can loosen the teeth and often requires a surgical procedure.
How we treat gum inflammation at Burncoat Family Dental practice
Our team of specialists provides a variety of treatments to tackle each stage of the disease.
Scaling And Root Planning
This non-surgical procedure helps heal and reattach the gums. Regular professional cleaning can prevent periodontitis and protect your gum.
Pocket Reduction Procedure
If the problem persists despite the scaling and root planing treatment, we can proceed to a pocket reduction. This will remove the bacterial infection and fold the gum tissues to smooth the damaged areas.
Gum Grafting And Regeneration
We recommend gum graft and regenerative procedures when a patient has severe gum recession. The procedure covers the tooth roots with gum grafts to reduce sensibility and protect the teeth. The process also helps stop gum recession and prevent bone loss by preserving the teeth.