Treatment for Gum Disease
In the case of gum infections, our main goal is to keep them controlled with general dentistry. Initially, we will remove any plaque that is present on your teeth by scraping off the build-up from above and below the gum line. Then we use a technique called root planing to get rid of rough spots on the tooth where bacteria might be gathering.
Sometimes we can treat a gum infection with plaque removal and medication, but other times a surgical treatment is necessary. We keep a close watch on your gums to help determine which is best for you. No matter which treatment you undergo, it will also require that you take good care of your teeth and gums at home. We can help you come up with a healthy dental health regimen.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
The early signs of gum disease are sometimes difficult to detect. You do not always feel pain; however, there are visible signs to look for. Bleeding, discolored or swollen gums are usually signs of a condition called gingivitis. This condition is caused by poor oral hygiene and can be reversed by adopting a proper brushing and flossing regime. Periodontal disease is a more serious form of gum disease. The symptoms of the condition include bad breath, raw and painful gums, bad tastes in the mouth and abscesses developing in the gums.
While the main cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene, the condition can also be brought on by poor diet, infection or smoking. Depending on your dietary habits, you may need to adjust your oral hygiene regime to compensate. Additionally, if you have large cavities where food can become trapped, the chance of suffering from gum disease is greatly increased.
Regular dental checkups will help you avoid gum disease. If you have not scheduled your next checkup with Embrace Dental Care, please contact us as soon as possible.