Gum Disease Treatment
Do you have bad breath that just won’t go away? What about the way your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold? Do you think that it’s normal for your gums to bleed when you brush your teeth? All of these problems are actually signs of a surprisingly common dental problem: gum disease. Research shows that gum disease affects nearly 1 in 2 people, with almost half the adult population of the U.S. suffering from some stage of gum disease. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should visit Rush Creek Dentistry in Arlington and have our periodontist assess your smile for signs of gum disease and find an appropriate treatment.
There are different stages of gum disease, and if it is caught early enough, gum disease can be controlled and your teeth may be saved.
- Early stages (Gingivitis) – Your gums may simply be inflamed and bleed because of irritation caused by plaque (accumulated bacteria and food particles). When gum disease is caught in this stage, it can usually be treated or even reversed with a simple dental cleaning and improving dental care habits at home. Sometimes a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing may be needed to clean plaque out from beneath the gums and to smooth the surfaces of teeth so that plaque can’t accumulate as easily.
- Moderate stages (Periodontitis) – When gum disease becomes more severe, it may begin to damage the bones that support your teeth as your gums become infected and they pull away from your teeth. Scaling and planing may also help at this stage, but more often, this treatment will need to be combined with pocket reduction surgery that will make the gums fit tighter around the teeth. Antibacterial treatment may be needed to stop the disease from progressing at this stage as well.
- Severe stages (Advanced Periodontitis) – The structures that support your teeth may be so damaged that your teeth can become loose and fall out. At this stage, serious treatments such as bone or tissue grafts may be needed to replace damaged structures. Other surgical methods can help, but if these methods fail, the teeth will need to be removed and replaced.
Ignoring gum disease and delaying treatment could cost you your smile. Call our office today to make an appointment with the periodontist.