Gingivitis & Periodontitis
Periodontal (Gum) Treatment
Do you have bleeding or pain when you brush or floss your teeth? Did you know that any time your gums bleed it is an indication that something is wrong? Even though some people think it is normal to for their gums to bleed, it is actually an indication that you have a serious infection. Periodontal (gum) disease is preventable and can be reversible in its early stages. Gum or periodontal disease, also referred to as gingivitis, is a condition which occurs as a result of bacterial growth in the mouth and if not treated may lead to the teeth loss and gums destruction.
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
- Bleeding gums
- Painful gums
- Gum and/or bone recession
- Mobile teeth, Bad breath
- Swollen gums, Red gums
You may have all, or just a few, of these symptoms. If you do and they persist, it would be worth having your gums checked out by Dr. Burak Gokdeniz. At Swedish Dental Center, we provide a full periodontal evaluation. After your exam, our dentists can discuss your condition and necessary treatment that can help get you back on track to excellent health.
How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?
Gum disease can be prevented by keeping plaque under control – this is achieved with the help of professional dental cleanings at least once every six months and daily flossing and brushing. Rinsing teeth with the antibacterial mouthwash also helps reduce the bacteria inside the mouth.
As for the treatment – there are surgical and nonsurgical procedures, depending on the stage of the disease. Nonsurgical treatment includes scaling and root planning, which is basically a procedure of deep-cleaning above and below gum line scraping away plaque and smoothing down the rough spots on the tooth root.
The same plaque and tartar “cleaning” may be done surgically once the disease has passed the early stage. Surgical treatment may also include partial bone or tissue replacement. Either way, it requires a dental professional to evaluate the gum condition and choose the proper treatment for the patient.
How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?
What are the main causes of gum disease?
What causes gum disease? Improper oral hygiene that allows bacteria in plaque and calculus to remain on the teeth and infect the gums is the primary cause of gum disease. But there are other factors that increase the risk of developing gingivitis.
How did I get periodontal disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. It's typically caused by poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque—a sticky film of bacteria—to build upon the teeth and harden.
What is scaling and polishing?
Scaling is a dental process that involves removing the calculus deposits or stains on the teeth. It can be likened to scraping peeling paint on the wall. ... This process is known as root planing. Polishing, on the other hand, is the process of smoothing the teeth as scaling can make the teeth feel rough.
Will I lose my teeth if I have periodontal disease?
In the early stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, the gums become red, swell, and bleed easily. The disease is still reversible at this stage, and can usually be eliminated by careful daily brushing and flossing. ... If the disease is left untreated, it can eventually lead to loss of teeth
What is the main cause of gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a form of gum disease that happens when plaque, a naturally-occurring sticky film containing bacteria, builds up on teeth and causes the inflammation of the surrounding gum tissue. Plaque produces toxins that irritate the gums.
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