Gum disease is a common oral health concern caused by the bacteria found in plaque buildup that cause inflammation or swelling in the surrounding tissue and bone. Without treatment from a dentist, gum disease can lead to severe complications like tooth loss.
The early stages of gum disease include signs like red and swollen gums that bleed easily when you brush and floss your teeth. You may also notice chronic bad breath that doesn’t go away even after brushing.
If left untreated, gum disease can cause permanent damage to the soft tissue and bone tissues that support your teeth. This is why it’s essential to seek prompt treatment for gum disease at the first sign of symptoms at Smiles of Midtown.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
The exact treatment plan for gum disease will depend on the stage of infection and the amount of periodontal tissue loss. Some patients may only need more frequent visits and cleanings to address their symptoms, while others may require a procedure to restore lost bone and gum tissue.
If periodontal disease is detected before tooth loss occurs, we treat it with scaling and root planing. An anesthetic is applied to the gums to minimize discomfort or pain during the procedure. The dentist will use an ultrasonic tool to break up and remove plaque from the tooth's surface and along the roots of the tooth’s supporting structure. If necessary, more intensive measures such as flap surgery may be required to repair deep pockets of infection.
Following treatment, patients should continue with proper oral hygiene habits at home. Daily brushing and flossing can keep bacteria at bay and decrease your risk of developing another infection. If you currently smoke or use other tobacco products, it is best to quit, as these substances can slow the healing process and increase the risk of complications.
The Benefits of Treating Periodontal Disease
Prevent Tooth Loss
When left untreated, gum disease can lead to infections that cause oral tissues to deteriorate and may lead to tooth loss.
Improve the Aesthetics of Your Smile
The bacteria that infect your gums can cause them to appear inflamed and also bleed, affecting the overall appearance of your smile.
Strengthen the Supporting Structures of the Teeth
Left untreated, the bacteria will eventually eat away at the tooth structures to the point that they become weakened and may need to be removed to prevent pain.
Prevent Systemic Diseases
Dental health is often connected to the health of the rest of the body. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, and more.
If you suspect you have gum disease, visit Smiles of Midtown at 3600 San Jacinto St, Houston, TX 77004, or call (713) 523-6848. Early intervention can save you time, money, and plenty of discomfort!