Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a term used to describe inflammation of the gums and its accompanying symptoms.
It begins as an inflammation of the gums but can lead to the severe decay of gums, bone, and teeth during advanced stages.
It is caused by an overgrowth of plaque, which is a film of bacteria that grows on the teeth, gums, and tongue.
Gum disease can be prevented by good oral hygiene, which involves regular brushing, flossing, and removal of plaque.
When there is too much plaque around the gums, it can lead to inflammation of the gums, also known as gingivitis.
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Stages of Gum Disease
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Swollen gums
- Red or dark-coloured gums
- Tender or sensitive gums that hurt to touch
- Gums start bleeding during or after brushing or flossing
- Bad breath
Gingivitis is a non-destructive and completely reversible condition.
During this stage of gum disease, periodontal treatment and good oral hygiene are essential to reversing the condition.
If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis.
If gingivitis is allowed to persist, it can ultimately lead to a destructive form of gum disease called periodontitis.
When gum disease reaches this stage, it can cause the decay of gum tissue and bone which hold teeth in place.
Periodontitis should be treated quickly and effectively to prevent extensive dental damage.
Periodontal treatment and the practice of proper oral hygiene is usually enough to stop further decay.
If left untreated, bacterial growth inside of the gums and around tooth structure will cause irreversible bone loss around the roots of teeth.
With advanced periodontitis, roots become exposed, and teeth are no longer properly supported by their surrounding structure.
At this stage, teeth become loose, and the patient may require tooth extraction if treatment is no longer possible.
Signs of Gum Disease
Contact your Warrnambool dentist for an examination if you notice these symptoms:
- Inflamed, swollen, or tender gums
- Noticeable bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Receding gum line around teeth, causing teeth to appear longer
- Exposed gum pockets between teeth and gums
- Teeth not fitting together properly when biting
- Tooth movement
- Discharge or pus around teeth
- Bad breath that cannot be treated
Treating Gum Disease
If caught in its early stages, gum disease can be treated by removing and preventing plaque build-ups that cause inflammation.
If there is tartar around your teeth, you will not be able to remove it with brushing or flossing alone and will have to see your dentist.
After your gum lines have been cleaned and the tartar removed you can prevent further build-up through regular and healthy oral hygiene.
When gum disease has progressed to the point of damage, surgery may be required to prevent further decay.
You dentist will be able to determine the extent of your condition and advise you on the proper course of action in the case your gum disease is progressive.
Even during advanced stages, it may not be too late to save the teeth and stop further deterioration.
Regular visits to the dentist are the best way to catch gum disease early and prevent harmful symptoms and tooth loss.
Gum Disease Treatment in Warrnambool
Healthy gums are dense and strong. They don’t hurt to the touch, are not swollen, do not bleed, and fit tightly around the teeth.
Visit your Warrnambool dentist today!
Gum Disease Treatment in Warrnambool
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