Periodontal Gum Treatment Port St Lucie Fl
Perhaps you’ve noticed bleeding gums when you brush your teeth or chronic bad breath that just doesn’t seem to go away no matter what you do. These could both be signs that you have periodontitis, more commonly known as gum disease.
Gum disease is a serious infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss and is associated with other serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. But gum disease is also preventable and treatable, which is why we offer periodontal gum treatment in our office.
Let’s take a closer look at what gum disease is, how it’s treated, and why you should seek treatment if you think you may have it.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection of the gums that causes inflammation, redness, and soreness. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems.
Gum disease is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. Plaque is constantly forming on your teeth, but it can be removed with proper brushing and flossing. However, if plaque isn’t removed, it hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a professional cleaning.
If tartar isn’t removed, it will continue to irritate your gums and cause them to become inflamed. This condition is called gingivitis, and it’s the first stage of gum disease. At this stage, gingivitis is still reversible with proper oral hygiene and professional cleanings.
If gingivitis isn’t treated, it will progress into periodontitis, the advanced stage of gum disease. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems. That’s why it’s so important to seek treatment at the first sign of gum disease.
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The good news is that gum disease is treatable at any stage. The first step in treatment is to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth with a professional cleaning. This will help reduce the inflammation in your gums and give them a chance to heal.
From there, we will develop a customized treatment plan for you based on the severity of your gum disease. Depending on the severity of your gum disease, treatment may involve one or more of the following:
- Antibiotics: Antibiotics can help reduce bacterial infection in your mouth and allow your gums to heal.
- Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling involves removing the tartar from above and below the gum line while root planing smooths out the roots of your teeth to help remove bacteria lurking below the surface.
- Surgery: In cases of severe periodontitis, surgery may be necessary to restore damage caused by the infection.
- Periodontal Maintenance: Once your gum disease has been treated, it’s important to come in for regular cleanings (usually every 3-4 months) to help prevent future infections. During these appointments, we will thoroughly clean your teeth and check for any early signs of gum disease so that we can catch it before it becomes a problem again.
Can gums recover from periodontal disease?
In the early stages, periodontal disease can be arrested with good oral hygiene practices and regular professional cleanings. However, once the disease progresses to the advanced stage of periodontitis, damage caused by the infection cannot be reversed. That’s why it’s so important to seek treatment at the first sign of gum disease.
Can periodontitis be treated at home?
While there are some things you can do at home to help reduce the symptoms of periodontitis (like brushing and flossing regularly), the only way to effectively treat the disease is to see your dentist.
Call Us To Help You With Any Potential Periodontal Problems
If you think you might have gum disease, don’t wait to seek treatment. Gum disease is a serious infection that can lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems if left untreated.
At Veranda Family Dentistry, we offer Periodontal Gum Treatment in our office. We will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan based on the severity of your gum disease.
Contact us today at (772)336-2300 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve optimal oral health!