Gulfport Periodontal Gum Treatments
The gums, ligaments and bones around the jaw form the foundation for one’s teeth. All structures together are referred to as the periodontium. The periodontium doesn’t just surround the teeth – it also supports them. When the periodontium isn’t healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just like a poor foundation threatens the stability of a house.
Taking care of your oral health involves more than your teeth. Your gums are also an important part of your mouth and shouldn’t be neglected. At the first sign of periodontal or gum damage, you should see your dentist at Gulf Coast Dental. We care about our patients and their well-being – let us provide you with genuine care for your comfort and health.
Signs You Need Gum Treatments
Healthy gums are the foundation for a healthy mouth. After all, they’re the base for all your teeth! Here are some signs that you may need gum treatments:
- Painful ulcers
- Bad breath
- Bleeding gums
- Painful gums
- Receding gums
- Excess saliva in your mouth
- Red, puffy or swollen gums
- Loose teeth
What Do I Do If I Have These Symptoms?
Don’t panic if you have these symptoms. Having irritated gums doesn’t necessarily mean you have gum disease and, even if you do, most cases can be treated and reversed.
There are different stages of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. While there are treatments for each stage, the more advanced your gum disease, the more likely tooth removal will become necessary. This is why it’s so important to schedule gum treatments at the first sign of a problem.
If you notice these symptoms, reach out to us at Gulf Coast Dental and make an appointment to diagnose and treat the damage.
What Is The Treatment Process?
Gum treatments typically include a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. Root planing is the process of removing tartar and plaque on teeth and root surfaces. Depending on the severity of the damage you may be prescribed medication or mouth rinse to prevent infection.
If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. Your dentist may recommend cone grafts to aid in the reshaping or rebuilding of the bones worn down and warped by disease.
If you have signs of gum disease, call your family dentist to schedule the necessary gum treatments today.