Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line. If it is left untreated it can affect the bone that supports your teeth. Symptoms of gum disease can include swollen, tender, or bleeding gums. You could also be experiencing receding gums or persistent bad breath.
When your body senses threats like infections, lacerations, or foreign bacteria, it is designed to rush support to heal and protect the area of your body that is being threatened.
Unfortunately, when it comes to infections in your mouth, your body responds differently. When your body detects plaque, tartar and bacteria in your mouth, instead of actively attacking the bacteria, it starts to protect itself by causing your gums to recede.
If the early stages of gum disease are left untreated, your gums will recede away from your teeth, which can trigger a variety of other dental and oral health problems.
Signs Of Gum Disease
Most patients in the early stages of gum disease don't even realize they have it. Signs of gum disease may not appear until the disease has advanced, requiring you to receive more invasive treatment to get your smile healthy again.
However, you can be on the lookout for these symptoms of gum disease:
- Loose teeth or teeth separating from each other
- Mouth pain - including swollen and red gums
- Receding gums
- Excessive bleeding after brushing and flossing your teeth
- Mouth sores
- Consistent bad breath that doesn't respond to traditional treatment like mouthwash
- Noticeable pus between your teeth and gums
- Your partial dentures aren't fitting securely anymore
- A change in the way you bite or the way your teeth fit together
Gum disease hurts millions of people each year and many don't even know they have this serious condition until it has advanced.
If you're concerned you might be seeing the signs of gum disease in your own mouth, schedule an appointment with A Reason To Smile today!
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
If you visit A Reason To Smile every six months for your routine dental cleaning, you know it involves scaling your teeth and gumline to remove plaque and tartar, and polishing to remove stains and smooth the tooth's surface. However, if you have symptoms of gum disease, you might need a different type of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is a deep dental cleaning procedure Dr. Samarandi performs to treat patients with current or developing gum disease. Not all of our dental patients need this deep level of cleaning, but it is a key part of treatment for any patient at risk for gum disease.
Gum Disease And Gingivitis Treatment
Gingivitis is often painless at first, making it difficult to diagnose without regular dental checkups. Inflammation of the gums can be a potentially serious condition, which is why it’s vital to get regular dental exams from A Reason To Smile.
If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned you might have gingivitis, Dr. Samarandi offers a range of treatments to reverse or stop gum disease’s progression. If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, most treatment options are non-surgical procedures.
A gingivectomy is a common surgical procedure Dr. Samandari conducts to remove diseased gum tissue. This surgical treatment will reshape diseased and damaged gum tissue to remove deep pockets between your teeth and gums. These pockets are created when gum disease has caused gum recession. After a gingivectomy your gum tissue will heal and you'll be able to enjoy a healthy smile again!
Gum Graft Surgery
Gum grafting is a periodontal procedure commonly used to treat gum recession. Once completed, the soft tissue surrounding your teeth can begin to naturally regenerate, restoring a healthier smile. Benefits to gum graft surgery can include reduced tooth sensitivity, an improved smile appearance and overall improvement of gum health.
Have Questions About Your Gum Disease Treatment Options?
Are you seeing the signs of gum disease in your mouth? Are your gums tender or bleeding after you brush and floss? Don't put off scheduling an appointment with Dr. Samarandi any longer!
Call our Scottsdale dental office today to start getting the relief and healing your smile needs.
At A Reason To Smile, pediatric dentistry is about more than making sure your child has a bright, healthy smile. Dr. Samandari also wants to make sure your child’s visit to our Scottsdale, AZ dentist office is rewarding and fun