How To Treat Gum Disease
While gum disease may be unpleasant and have significant consequences for your teeth and general health, it can be treated, and even prevented entirely.
What is Gum Disease?
Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Red, swollen and tender gums
- Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth, floss or eat particularly hard food
- Teeth that look elongated as a result of gum tissue receding
- Pus between your gums and teeth
- Persistently bad breath
- Sores in your mouth
- Teeth that seem loose
- A change in the way that your teeth come together or in the way that your partial denture fits
What happens if gum disease isn’t treated?
How to Treat Gum Disease
- Scale and polish – A scale and polish is usually one of the first procedures that will be recommended if you have gum disease. The process involves your dentist scraping away plaque and tartar from your teeth using special instruments so that the progression of gum disease can be halted. Your dentist will then polish your teeth to remove any other debris and stains which will leave your teeth looking and feeling clean and healthy.
- Tooth scaling and root planing – This process takes the scale and polish procedure up a notch since it also involves cleaning the periodontal pockets, which are the small gaps that open up between your teeth and gums as a result of periodontitis. In some instances, your dentist may place antibiotic fibers into these pockets to eradicate any infection, which are then removed about a week later. Your dentist will then smooth all of the rough areas on the root of the affected tooth so that it is harder for plaque and tartar to form there.
If you are concerned that you may be suffering from gum disease and would like more information or to arrange an appointment for an assessment of your oral health, please do not hesitate to get in touch.