Gum Disease Treatment at Sierra Dental Health: Acting Fast to Stop Gum Disease in its Tracks
Gum disease wreaks havoc on your mouth, but it can also affect your overall health. Serious health conditions, like an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer, can be linked to poor oral health. If you’re showing symptoms of gum disease, it’s critical that you contact Sierra Dental Health ASAP. We’ll examine your mouth, and if you’re showing signs of gum disease, we’ll start treating your gum disease before it causes more damage to your health.
Common Symptoms of Gum Disease
If you notice small amounts of blood in the sink when you brush, that could be one of the first signs that you have gum disease. The mild variation of gum disease is gingivitis, and it’s where only your gums are infected.
However, if you don’t seek treatment, your infection can lead to periodontists. Periodontists is a much more serious gum disease where your infection travels beyond your gum line and into your bone. If you’re experiencing any signs of gum disease, our highly trained dental team can diagnose and begin treating your symptoms.
Some other symptoms of gum disease include:
Your mouth is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. These bacteria love feeding on plaque, and the more plaque there is in your mouth, the easier it is for them to multiply. They release toxins that have a foul smell and can irritate your gums and teeth. Also, bad breath can be a sign of a more serious form of gum disease since your breath doesn’t usually change when you have gingivitis.
If you notice that your teeth look longer, it’s likely a sign that your gums are shrinking. This is known as receding gums, and it happens when bone starts to break down. When your bone breaks down, your gums start separating from your teeth, and it creates pockets between your teeth and gums.
If your gums begin receding, you may experience sensitivity when you take a sip of a cold drink. Shrinking gums can expose a sensitive part of your tooth, called the dentin. If sips from cold drinks cause discomfort, you should give us a call so we can check your mouth for signs of gum disease.
Inflammation along the gum line is one of the first signs of gum disease. If your gums feel sensitive, are painful to the touch, or bleed easily when you brush or floss, you could be suffering from gingivitis. If you’re experiencing any of those symptoms, you should get your gums checked out by our dental team.
Periodontists attacks the bones that hold your teeth in place and can cause your smile to change. It can loosen your teeth and make them move, or it may even change the way your teeth fit together when you bite down. This is a symptom of a more serious gum disease, so if your teeth appear to be moving, you should make an appointment with us for a check-up.
What are my Gum Disease Treatment Options?
If our team diagnoses you with gum disease, our first step will be to conduct a deep cleaning. Your Sierra dentist will use special instruments for your cleaning, and unlike regular cleanings, we will clean under the gum line.
Also, we might carry out scaling or root planning treatments. At the start of the procedure, we may lose a laser to access and remove your inflamed gum tissue around the root of your affected tooth. After we remove your infected tissue, we’ll start the scaling process. Scaling involves removing tartar from above and below your gum line. Root planning is when your dentist smooths out the rough surfaces on the roots of your teeth, and this helps the gums reattach to your teeth. However, these procedures could take more than one appointment to be completed successfully.
In addition to your deep cleaning, we might prescribe medication. We could prescribe medication like an antiseptic chip, antibiotic gel, enzyme suppressant, oral antibiotics, or antimicrobial mouthwash.
If we think deep cleaning and medication won’t be enough, we may recommend surgery. We might recommend gum graft or flap surgery. Gum graft surgery is when an oral surgeon takes tissue from another part of your mouth and uses it to cover exposed tooth roots. This helps sensitive teeth and prevents bone loss or decay. During flap surgery, a surgeon lifts up your gums, so they can remove tartar deep beneath your gum line. After that, they tightly stitch your gum back around the tooth to prevent more tartar from forming.
Gum Disease Treatment: Act Now Before It Gets Worse
Gum disease is serious, so if you suspect any symptoms of gum disease, you should contact us for a dental checkup. It’s better to come in for a visit and have a false alarm, than suffer the effects of gum disease. If you’re diagnosed with gum disease, we’ll work quickly to reverse its negative effects.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding your oral health, please don’t hesitate to contact us or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to seeing you at our local Fontana office.