Gulfport Periodontal Gum Treatments
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for one's teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. The periodontium doesn’t just surround the teeth, it also supports them. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. At the first sign of periodontal or gum damage, you should see your dentist.
Signs You 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. If you notice these symptoms, call your dentist 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. There are different stages of gum disease; Gingivitis, Periodontitis and Advanced Periodontitis. While there is treatments for each stage the more advanced your gum disease the more likely teeth removal will become necessary. This is why it is important to schedule gum treatments at the first sign of a problem.
If you have signs of gum disease, call you family dentist to schedule the necessary gum treatments today.