Your solution for painful and bleeding gums
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when tissues around your teeth are infected. This happens as a result of poor oral hygiene when plaque builds up and bacteria in the plaque cause infections in the gums. This also affects the supportive bone structure that surrounds the tooth root. Gum disease is difficult to diagnose on your own due to the fact that symptoms are minimal in the early stages. Because of this, it is quite common for patients to overlook these symptoms, allowing them to go untreated, which unknowingly leads to a worse infection.
Causes of Gum Disease
The main cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. If you do not brush and floss your teeth regularly, food will get trapped in between your teeth and plaque will build up. When the plaque buildup extends beyond your gum line, it can develop into an infection. If the periodontal disease is left untreated for a long period of time, it will cause injury to the dental tissues and weaken the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can ultimately result in loss of teeth.
Signs of Gum Disease
There are various signs that indicate you may have gum disease. Symptoms usually take a while to appear, but if you have any of the following, you should visit your dentist.
- Tender and swollen gums
- Red and inflamed gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Pus between teeth and gums
- Increased sensitivity in teeth
- Pain or extreme sensitivity while chewing
- Foul-smelling breath
Treatment for Gum Disease
Once we have diagnosed that you have periodontal disease, we will help you with periodontal therapy to eliminate the problem. Depending on how severe your case is we will determine the right treatment for you. In some cases, we might prescribe oral antibiotics or antiseptic mouthwash. We might also suggest other non-surgical treatments such as a deep cleaning. But if your condition is extreme then we will need to look out for surgical options as stated below:
- Flap surgery
- Bone grafts
- Soft tissue grafts
- Guided tissue regeneration
Before we go in with the surgery, we will call you for a consultation. This will help us to determine the severity of your case so that we select the right surgical treatment for you. We will also ask you about your medical history, medications you take, and a few other follow-up questions just to help us know you better.
Our team of dentists is a group of certified professionals who have been providing periodontal therapy for years. With the latest technology and the right knowledge, we will make sure that you get the solution to all your dental problems without compromising your comfort.