Periodontal Care and Maintenance
Gum disease is when you have infected gums. When you detect gum disease early you will be treated and get back to healthy gums. Detection of gingivitis, which is a mild form of gum disease, can help reduce the damaging effects of the disease before it becomes serious. If you realize that you have gum disease, ensure that you take action by seeing the dentist before the disease advances. Our dentist at Desertview Dental Care is ready to treat gingivitis before it turns into something more.
Understanding Gum Disease
When you have periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, it means that the tissue in the mouth is infected. The infection is caused by plaque that has accumulated for a long time and has hardened to form tartar. Brushing and flossing will not remove the plaque and tartar and that is why you need to see the dentist. If you realize that you have gingivitis, this should be a reason to immediately see the dentist. If gingivitis is left untreated then it will develop further, and though treatable, is not curable.
The major symptom that you may have gum disease is that you will have bad breath that refuses to go away, even after brushing. The gums will change and in color, bleed, become tender, recede and be red and they might also swell. Gum disease symptoms can also bring about sensitive teeth, painful chewing, and even loose teeth.
Diagnosing Gum Disease
The dentist looks for several different symptoms to see your condition and will diagnose if you have gum disease. The dentist looks at your medical history to see if you are at risk of gum disease. We will look at your mouth to look for obvious signs like bleeding of the gums which is a clear indication that you have gum disease. During the exam the dentist will measure the length and depth of the pockets in the gums. If there are very significant depth in the pockets then we will take x-rays for further examination of periodontitis.
Gum Disease Treatment
If you want to treat gum disease you must know that every patient is different, and depending on the level of gum disease will determine the best course of action. Gingivitis, which is a mild form of gum disease, if left untreated can lead to periodontitis. Scaling is done to remove tartar and the bacteria from the teeth and below the gumline. Root planing is also done to smoothen the root surfaces and this discourages further bacteria and plaque build-up on the teeth. The dentist will use antibiotics to help control infections that you might develop.
More about Gum Disease
If gum disease has advanced, further actions can be taken such as flap surgery and bone grafting which is done when you have bone loss in the jaw. Book regular dental cleanings and checkups so the dentist can catch the early signs of gum disease. If you suspect that you have gum disease you need to seek immediate treatment or help from our dentist at Desertview Dental Care so we can come up with a treatment plan for you that will work towards getting you a healthy mouth again. Call us at 623-278-9402 to book your appointment.