Gum Disease Treatment: Saving Your Smile
What Causes Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease – more commonly known as gum disease – is caused by infection of the tissues and gums surrounding your teeth. This kind of infection results from an excessive build-up of bacteria and plaque.
Plaque and bacteria build-up are primarily a result of poor dental hygiene, but can also be caused by:
- Certain medications
- Poor dietary habits
- Damage or trauma to the teeth, mouth, or jaw
Is Gum Disease Curable?
Late-stage gum disease cannot be cured, only treated. However, if you catch it before it progresses past the gingivitis stage, the condition can be reversed.
The key to stopping gum disease is early intervention, made possible by receiving regular cleanings from your dental team.
How is Gum Disease Treated?
To treat late-stage gum disease, you may need surgical treatment. Flap surgery, tissue and bone grafts, and tissue regeneration are all examples of surgical treatments. For less severe cases, our dental team may use one of the following methods:
- Scaling: Removal of plaque, tartar, and bacteria below the gumline
- Root Planing: Smoothing of the surface of the root to inhibit bacteria build-up and growth
- Antibiotics: Medications for helping to prevent and eliminate infection
For treating gingivitis before it progresses into gum disease, it is key to recognize the symptoms and seek out immediate dental care. Symptoms can include bad breath, swollen or irritated gums, bleeding of the gums, pain when chewing, receding gums, and sensitivity of the teeth.
Smile Crafters is always accepting new patients in Clermont and the surrounding areas. To learn more about gum disease treatment or any of our other services, give our team a call to schedule your appointment today!