You use your mouth to chew, speak, and smile with confidence. And you use your teeth to tear into your favorite foods. But when the health of your gums is compromised, these activities can become painful or difficult to perform.
Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adults. Fortunately, diagnosing periodontal gum disease in its early stages can help save your smile. You may have gingivitis if your gums are red, swollen, and painful to the touch. You may also have chronic bad breath that does not go away with brushing or other oral hygiene techniques. If left untreated, these symptoms can progress into periodontitis, resulting in receding gums that expose the roots of your teeth or loose teeth that fall out on their own.
Schedule an appointment with our dentist at Advanced Dentistry, as soon as you notice any warning signs of gum disease. The sooner you have it diagnosed and treated, the better your chances of saving your teeth and gums from permanent harm.
The Causes of Periodontal Disease
Poor Oral Hygiene Habits
Poor hygiene is one of the common causes of periodontal disease. Thus, the best way to prevent gum disease is to brush twice a day for two minutes each time and floss daily. It is also essential to see our dentist for regular cleanings and exams.
People who smoke or use other tobacco products are more likely to develop gum disease than non-users. The habit also makes it harder to treat the condition.
People with diabetes are more susceptible to infections such as gum disease because diabetes decreases the body’s ability to fight bacteria and slows healing.
What Are Treatments for Periodontal Disease?
The treatment process for periodontal disease will depend on the severity of your condition and your response to non-surgical treatments, such as scaling and root planing. If the disease is detected early, deep periodontal cleanings and improved oral hygiene habits and routines at home could cure the disease and reverse some of the damage. However, if the disease has advanced, you may require more complex treatments.
When gum disease has progressed to periodontitis, surgery may be recommended to repair gum recession or bone tissue loss. A bone graft may be needed to rebuild the damaged bone structure in the jaw, and a soft tissue graft may be used to restore receding gum tissue. Periodontists perform these treatments and can improve the aesthetics of your smile and restore the proper function of your bite.
Laser therapy can also be used in treating periodontal disease. It can remove diseased tissue and promote faster healing. Laser therapy is also sometimes used for aesthetic purposes to improve the appearance of gums by eliminating excess tissue and creating contours in gum lines that are uneven or too high.
Our dentist can discuss treatment options with you and help you determine the best choice for your condition.
If you want to learn more about how to treat gum disease, visit Advanced Dentistry at 9920 U.S. Highway 90-A, Suite 100-C, Sugar Land, TX 77478, or call (281) 494-5600.