Very often we see new patients unaware that they have gum disease. Chronic infection of the gums can affect the heart and other parts of the body; therefore keeping healthy support structures around your teeth is a must for your overall health.
At Lightwood Dental, we prevent, diagnose, and treat problems that affect your gums. We know the importance of healthy gums to achieving optimal oral health. Our mission is to keep your teeth and gums in their best state for a lifetime.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease can destroy your oral health and wellbeing without showing any symptom, which why the disease is deemed a “silent killer”. Visit your dentist immediately if you experience the following indications.
Changes that occur to your teeth, bite, or dental work:
- Loose or separating teeth
- Change in the way your teeth fit together when biting
- Fillings start to become defective
- Bridges or partial dentures no longer fit properly
Changes to your gums:
- Redness, tenderness, or swelling
- Bleeding easily when brushing or flossing teeth
- Start to recede, which causes teeth to look longer
Other warning signs include:
- Persistent bad breath
- Persistent odd taste (metal taste) in your mouth
- Pus between teeth and gums
- A sore in the mouth that doesn’t heal within two weeks
Types of Gum Disease
There are two main types of gum disease – gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the mild form and the first stage of gum disease. It involves red and swollen gums, bleeding gums, and persistent bad breath as its common symptoms.
Periodontitis, on the other hand, is the advanced stage of gingivitis. With periodontitis, the supporting structure around teeth starts to be lost resulting in damaged soft tissue and surrounding bone. Periodontitis is one of the top causes of tooth loss.
Treatment for Gum Disease
Treatment for gum disease can range
Your dentist at Lightwood Dental will perform a thorough examination of your gums as well as take digital X-rays of your mouth. After reviewing the result, your dentist will discuss the treatment options and explain the potential procedures.
To treat and manage gum disease, your dentist may recommend:
- Scaling and root planning – a non-surgical treatment that involves removal of plaque and tartar from deep beneath gums.
- Pocket reduction – a local anaesthetic is applied to numb the area. The harmful bacteria are removed from the gum tissues, which are then closed and sutured in place.
- Bone regeneration – the procedure is the same as pocket reduction. But with bone regeneration, your dentist will use tissue-stimulating proteins to help your body regenerate bone and tissue.
Comprehensive Solutions for Gum Problems
If you think you have gum disease don’t delay your visit to Lightwood Dental. We have the skills and technology to keep your gums in the pink! Don’t let bleeding gums lead to tooth loss and heart disease. We encourage you to contact us for a complete and thorough examination.