Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. And that’s not all–gum disease is a chronic infection that can impact your entire body, leading to poor overall health and conditions like heart disease, dementia, and even cancer. Fortunately, gum disease treatment can be effective at reducing and even eliminating your gum disease. We offer advanced gum disease treatment including periodontal surgery.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gum disease can be hard to detect at first because its symptoms are initially very subtle. Here are some of the gum disease symptoms arranged roughly from mild to severe forms of the disease:
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Tender gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Food getting stuck between teeth and gums
- Tooth sensitivity
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Lost teeth
At first, you might not notice that your gums are red and swollen–most of us don’t know what healthy gums look like. Many people also think that bleeding gums is normal when brushing or flossing–it’s not. Some people’s gums may hurt, but for many people, they don’t. Persistent bad breath often brings people in because this symptom can be very embarrassing.
When gum disease is getting more serious, it starts enlarging the space between your teeth and gums, which can mean more food gets stuck in there, food like popcorn husks or chips. When the space gets larger, it can expose your tooth roots to hot and cold liquids. Your roots aren’t as insulated, so this becomes painful. Eventually, the gums separated from teeth begin to recede, which can make it look like your teeth are growing longer.
As your teeth have less support from your gums and bone, they can start to get loose. Eventually, they may fall out.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease treatment depends on the severity of your disease. For minor gum disease, we might just recommend changes in your daily hygiene routine, such as more regular flossing, switching to an electric toothbrush, or using mouthwash.
For more serious gum disease, we might want to see you more often. We might also recommend a deep cleaning, where we clean below the gum line.
For very serious gum disease, periodontal surgery is recommended. In periodontal surgery we will perform an even more significant cleaning. We may also remove infected portions of the gums and bone. Sometimes it’s necessary to extract teeth to improve periodontal health. We may also graft bone or gum tissue to help healing. Bone tissue can come from a donor site or be from an external source. We’ll let you know what’s best in your case.