While gum disease has no cure, we still have treatment options to manage the disease and protect your smile from serious complications, including the loss of one or more of your natural teeth. In today’s blog, your Brighton, MA, dentists will look at treatments for minor and severe cases of periodontal disease, from scaling and root planings to periodontal surgery.
The Warning Signs and Causes of Gum Disease
First, let’s talk about the disease itself. The disease begins when the gum tissues become inflamed. Unless treated, the inflammation, also known as gingivitis, could grow more severe and cause the tissues to pull away from the teeth and form deep pockets. Bacteria infiltrating these pockets allows periodontal disease to form, and that it cannot be reversed. Causes include poor oral hygiene, which could lead to plaque buildup and irritated gingival tissues. A family history of the disease is a factor, as well as smoking and tobacco use. Inflammatory illness or the use of certain medications could be factors too. Warning signs include sore, red gums that bleed easily, receding gums, or swelling.
The Tooth Loss Connection
If you recognize the warning signs we discussed above, see us right away. In the gingivitis stage, we can reverse the issue completely with a deep cleaning. If you already have the disease, then we can manage it to prevent periodontitis. An advanced stage of the disease, periodontitis actually destroys the tissue connecting your teeth and gums, leading to adult tooth loss and causing more severe symptoms and major oral health complications.
For the early stages, we may use a scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and roots in one to four visits. Afterward, regular cleanings every three to four months will safeguard your smile. If you have a more advanced stage, then we may prescribe periodontal surgery to remove dead or diseased tissues from your smile, and encourage the regeneration of healthy tissues. Afterward, again routine care at our office and from home helps manage the issue and safeguard your smile. If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat issues like periodontal disease, or if you have sore, bleeding gums, then please contact us today. We want to help you take the steps to help maintain your healthiest smile, and avoid complications down the road.
Do You Have Questions About Treating Gum Disease?
Our team knows how to treat issues like periodontal disease and manage your oral health. To learn more about improving your periodontal health, then schedule a consultation by calling Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Brighton, Watertown, and all surrounding communities.