Gum Disease Treatment
Bloody, swollen gums are the telltale signs of a developing infection, one which needs to be addressed as soon as possible if you want to prevent it from spreading and getting worse.
Many people underestimate how quickly plaque buildup can lead to gingivitis and other nasty oral health conditions; going a day without brushing and flossing is sometimes all it takes for these infections to start.
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It is also not uncommon for many people to skip on flossing altogether, which is a major problem in itself. The longer food stuck between teeth goes unlodged, the worse off your gum health will be.
One major, undesirable consequence of failing to keep gum tissue clean and free from foodborne bacteria is the exposing of the underlying roots. When this occurs, it can be very difficult to eat and drink certain things because of the increased sensitivity. In serious cases, discomfort and pain can result.
There are a few additional symptoms patients are advised to look out for pertaining to the current state of their gums; these include but are not limited to tenderness/redness, receding gumlines, noticeable white spots, mouth sores, and frequent bad breath. All of these signs point to an infection currently underway, and as such should be treated promptly by your dentist.
Gum treatment at a glance
The staff at Pakerhill Dental relies on a number methods for treating patients experiencing gum problems. In most cases, a deep cleaning procedure involving scaling and root planning (SRP) is used to remove plaque and tartar. This includes addressing buildup at the surface as well as beneath the underlying gum tissue; a popular non-invasive approach, SRP allows your gums to safely re-attach themselves to your teeth.
Application of local antibiotics is another sound solution that can significantly reduce the bacteria in your mouth by killing it at the source. Considered a step up from standard antibacterial liquids used by most dentists during deep tissue cleanings, most of these antibiotics come in powder form for optimal effect. The entire process typically takes three weeks to finish.
If these treatments fail to restore your gums, surgery is an option. Gum grafting involves the removal and relocation of healthy tissue to the affected area. Depending on the extent of the damage, your dentist may also need to remove and apply pieces of jawbone to the infection site. When performed correctly, this procedure will virtually eliminate receding gums, exposed roots, and the myriad of problems associated with each.