Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, happens when bacteria start to damage healthy gum tissue. Dr. Sean Thompson and our dental team can prevent gum disease with routine cleanings and exams. However, if plaque and tartar have already caused symptoms in a patient, we can start treatments to reverse gum disease.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Many people don’t know they have gum disease, which is why it’s important to see your dentist for regular checkups. If you have any of the following symptoms, schedule an appointment so we can start a treatment plan:
- A receding gum line.
- Permanent teeth that are loose.
- Your gums are swollen, red, and tender in areas.
- Bleeding gums when you brush your teeth or floss.
- Bad breath that won’t go away or a bad taste in your mouth.
- The emergence of deep, open pockets between your teeth and gums.
- Your bite doesn’t feel the same, or your dentures don’t fit the way they should.
Although some of these symptoms may not seem serious, periodontal disease should be treated immediately in order to save your teeth. Call Thompson Dental for an exam that can tell you whether or not you need treatment for periodontal disease.
Assess Your Oral Health
When you come in to our office, we do everything we can to help you feel comfortable. If you suspect gum disease, Dr. Thompson can examine your mouth and assess the situation. Depending on the level of periodontal disease, we can show you how to treat your symptoms and help you feel better.
Treatments for Gum Disease
The first steps are to schedule an appointment for a deep cleaning and to change your oral hygiene habits at home. Make sure you brush and floss every day, and make an effort to eat healthy foods.
In some cases, we may use a perio laser to help reshape and disinfect your gum tissue.
If you have a more advanced case of gum disease, you may need surgery to restore your gum tissue. We can discuss other options that can help you recover from this disease.
The sooner you receive treatment, the better. We want to help you keep all of your adult teeth healthy and intact!
Don’t Hesitate to Call Today!
When you put off dental treatment, you are placing your oral health at risk. Don’t hesitate to call today with any questions or to schedule an appointment. Let us show you how to keep your smile healthy and happy!