Do you have red, swollen, or bleeding gums? You may be developing periodontitis or gum disease. The infection of gum tissue causes this condition. Plaque that infects the gums can inflame them and cause bleeding. As gum infection progresses, pockets can form between teeth, loosening them or causing them to fall out.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. We characterize it as an inflammation of the gums. However, if it is caught soon enough, gingivitis is treatable and reversible. Periodontitis is gum disease and can also impact your physical health and wellness. For patients with existing conditions including heart problems, gum disease can make disease management more difficult.
Dr. Jessica Christy of Orchard Hill Dental provides restorative dental treatment to patients including periodontal therapy. Contact your dentist in Hendersonville, NC, by calling (828) 247-7001 today. You may also request an appointment on our website.
Treating Gum Disease at Orchard Hill Dental
Dr. Christy uses a dental laser to treat patients with gum disease. With periodontal laser therapy, we use the soft tissue diode laser to remove infected gum tissue from the tooth root. Exposing the tooth root allows Dr. Christy to scrape plaque from below the gum line. This type of periodontal disease treatment is called root scaling. Then, she will smooth the tooth root to prevent future infection. During the healing process, healthy tissue will regenerate.
How long does it take to cure periodontal disease?
It can take anywhere from 2 weeks to a couple of months to heal from periodontal disease. The healing period varies based on the severity of the disease and how a patient’s gums respond to treatment.
Will I lose my teeth if I have periodontal disease?
Patients with periodontal disease are at risk for bone and tooth loss. Untreated infection from periodontal disease attacks tooth structure which can lead to tooth loss.
How successful is periodontal treatment?
Periodontal treatment has an overall success rate of 87%. This includes surgical and non-surgical treatment.
What is the main goal of periodontitis treatment?
Cleaning the pockets around teeth properly and avoiding harm to the surrounding bone are the two main objectives of periodontitis treatment. The best chances for treatment success come from daily oral hygiene, managing dental health, and quitting smoking.
What to expect after a periodontal cleaning?
After a periodontal cleaning, patients should expect the treatment area to be sore and potentially swollen. Minor bleeding and tenderness is common. This should subside within a few days.
Does a periodontal cleaning hurt?
For patients with gum disease, especially as it becomes more severe, dentists advise extensive tooth cleaning. Tartar accumulation below the gum line is eliminated by deep cleaning. Local anesthesia is used to keep you comfortable during the cleaning. Although it is not painful, the gums may feel irritated afterward.
Causes of Gum Disease
Patients with these conditions may be predisposed to gum disease:
- Tobacco use
- Certain medications
- Improper oral hygiene
One of the main preventative measures against gum disease is good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing twice a day, and even after meals. Using mouthwash in moderation can also help to reduce plaque build-up. Be sure to schedule regular dental cleanings and visits to the dental office to ensure that you are getting the oral care you need.
Symptoms of Periodontitis
There are multiple signs of periodontitis to look out for:
- Swollen, red gums
- Loose teeth
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Mouth sores
Have you noticed any of these symptoms? Contact our Hendersonville, North Carolina dental office. Our dental team will work with you to remove infection at the source.