Gum Disease – Oak Cliff, TX
Gum Disease Treatment For Better Oral Health
At Hampton Dental, we want to make sure every aspect of your oral health is in great shape, so we pay just as much attention to your gums as your teeth. Unfortunately, gum disease is incredibly common and affects an estimated 65 million Americans. It’s one of the most frequent reasons for tooth loss and also negatively impacts your general health in many ways. Dr. Peramala wants to help you achieve a healthy smile and overall well-being, so we provide multiple types of treatment to keep your gums in great shape. If you think your gums might be less than healthy, don’t hesitate to contact us today!
Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Although gum disease has been called a “silent disease,” there are still signs and symptoms to look for:
- Red or swollen gum tissue
- Tenderness when flossing
- Bleeding after brushing or flossing
- Gum recession
- Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
- Loose teeth or pain upon chewing (seen in later stages)
The Earlier We Find Gum Disease, the Better
There are multiple reasons that early diagnosis is important. First, gum disease is progressive, so it destroys more of the gums and underlying bone as time goes on. Since these structures are what anchor your teeth and keep them in place, we want to halt the progression as soon as possible.
Treatment will help prevent tooth loss, but it’s most effective in the earlier stages. That’s why, as a dentist in Oak Cliff, we include a simple gum screening at every other checkup (or once per year).
Second, treating gum disease is hugely important to your general health as well. Many studies have been done showing that gum disease increases the risk of all of the following:
- Heart disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Pregnancy complications
- Some cancers
Multiple Treatment Options
Once gum disease progresses past the first stage, called gingivitis, we can’t cure it. But we can keep it from getting worse. After we’ve evaluated your gum health at a checkup, we’ll recommend the best treatment option for you.
More Frequent Dental Cleanings
This is a great option for our patients who simply have gingivitis, which means “inflamed gums.” By practicing good oral hygiene at home and coming in every 4 months for a cleaning, we can remove the tartar and bacteria under your gums that you can’t remove on your own, which goes a long way towards reversing gingivitis.
Scaling & Root Planing
Also called a deep cleaning, this procedure is often done in 2-4 visits. We’ll start by numbing your gums to make sure you’re comfortable before removing the bacteria-laden tartar under your gumline. We’ll also smooth the root surfaces of your teeth to prevent bacteria from building up as easily. Depending on your needs, we’ll recommend cleanings every 3, 4, or 6 months to maintain your progress.
Topical Antibiotic Therapy
Topical antibiotic therapy is a wonderful addition to scaling and root planing. You can think of it the same way as an antibiotic ointment on a cut after it’s been cleaned - except this added layer of antibacterial protection goes directly under the gums, right where it needs to be to effectively treat gum disease.