Treatment for Gum Disease
Excellent oral health begins in the gums. While maintaining healthy teeth is the goal, the gums supply oxygen and nutrients to the teeth and are vital for overall health. Gum disease occurs when the soft tissue around the teeth becomes infected. Not only can gum disease result in tooth loss, but it can also impact your overall health. If you have gum or periodontal disease, our team at Sapphire Creek Dental in New Braunfels, TX, can provide dental treatment to stop or even reverse this detrimental oral condition.
Treatment for gingivitis or gum disease begins with deep cleaning the teeth. Those with periodontal disease require more intense cleanings to remove tartar from the deep pockets in the gums surrounding the teeth. Infected gums recede from the teeth and leave large gaps where bacteria can hide. Deep cleanings can scrape away tartar to reduce irritation and help the gums heal. Deep cleanings may be combined with anti-biotics or special anti-bacterial mouthwash to fight infection. Severe gum disease may require root scraping and planing, and some cases may need gum surgery to remove diseased tissue.
Symptoms and Causes of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is estimated to affect 50% of adults over 30 years of age. There are various stages, starting with gingivitis and progressing to more serious gum infections. There are health conditions that can make you at higher risk for gum disease. However, the primary cause is plaque, tartar and bacteria buildup on teeth. Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Bleeding gums (common when brushing)
- Swollen or tender gum tissue
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
Gum disease can be prevented and controlled with home oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings. When periodontal disease is present, treatment may be needed to remove infected tissue and stop the progression of the disease. Routine cleanings help prevent gum disease, but if you have symptoms of gingivitis, you may need treatment. Contact Sapphire Creek Dental in New Braunfels, TX, to schedule a checkup and cleaning to evaluate your gums for signs of gingivitis.