Periodontal disease or gum disease is caused when bacteria attack the tissues around the teeth. This is a progressive condition, and you may not realize you are suffering from it without a proper dental checkup since the early symptoms are not always apparent.
Some symptoms that may indicate gum disease are:
- Bad breath: Plaque deposits in the spaces between the teeth can create perfect living conditions for bacteria that produce sulfur-containing odorous compounds, which cause bad breath.
- Bleeding gums: You should not always assume that gum bleeding is a result of brushing too hard. Bleeding gums could indicate infection and should be checked by a dentist.
- Gum Recession: If you feel your teeth look longer than before, it may be because the gum has moved away from your enamel to expose the tooth roots.
- Sensitivity: Gum recession may cause sensitivity in the exposed roots.
- Swelling or redness of the gums: Gum inflammation is generally the first visible sign of periodontal disease.
- Loose teeth: When periodontal disease causes bone loss, the teeth can become loose, and the chances of tooth loss are increased.
- Periodontal abscess: Bacteria can become enclosed in a periodontal pocket and cause the area to become painful and swollen.
At Falls Lake Dental, we begin treatment of gum disease by performing an evaluation of your oral hygiene and helping you improve upon it. This is followed by the removal of any calcified deposits and plaque from the root surfaces. We may recommend the use of antibiotics or locally applied antimicrobial products during various parts of the treatment to aid healing and reduction of pocket-depth. In cases of advanced periodontal disease, surgical treatment may be needed in order to remove the deep pockets formed between the teeth and inflamed gum tissue. Some of the advanced periodontal care services offered at our practice include:
- Scaling and Root Planing
- Gum Graft Surgery
- Gingivectomy (Pocket Reduction)
- Laser Treatment
- Bone Grafting
If you are looking for quality treatment for gum disease or tips on how to avoid it altogether, contact our office at (919) 355-5331 to schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located at 8470 Falls of Neuse Road #200, Raleigh, NC 27615.