One of the major causes of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by the infection and destruction of the soft tissue that surrounds, supports, and protects teeth. The gums also help to protect us from harmful bacteria in the mouth, serving as a barrier for the bloodstream.
Gum disease can lead to other major health problems, so it is important to treat teeth and gums properly before symptoms persist. As gum infection progresses, pockets can form between teeth, loosening them or causing them to fall out. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and should be treated as soon as possible.
Common Signs of Gum Disease
Know the warning signs of gum disease before it takes hold:
- Bleeding gums after brushing and flossing
- Swollen or red gums
- Receding gums
- Deep pockets forming between teeth
- Loose teeth
- Shifting teeth
- Gum and teeth separation
- Halitosis, or persistent bad breath
If you have noticed these symptoms, we can help with effective restorative dentistry. Gum disease is not just a problem for your gums and teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can affect the heart. Periodontitis exacerbates heart problems like heart disease, strokes, strokes, and heart attacks.
Early gum disease or gingivitis can often be treated conservatively and managed through anti-bacterial rinses and lifestyle adjustments as needed. Routine dental care is important for the maintenance of gum health, providing the opportunity for Dr. Patel to spot the early signs of gum disease and to offer personalized advice for avoiding gum health problems.
Antibiotics can help remove bacteria that cause infection, but when an infection is severe they may not be enough. Periodontitis can be treated through these common surgical and non-surgical methods:
Scaling and Root Planing: These two separate treatments are often used in combination to help clean gums and treat gum inflammation. Scaling is a deep cleaning treatment that goes beneath the gum line to remove plaque and tartar. Root planing smooths out tooth roots to help gums reattach to teeth.
Gum graft surgery: During this surgical procedure, the tissue is taken from another part of the mouth and used to cover tooth roots. In the later stages of periodontitis, tooth loss can be prevented with gum grafting.
Flap surgery: The gums are lifted and tartar is cleaned from beneath them during flap surgery. This treatment can address deep gum pockets.
Gum Disease FAQs
Does Laser Periodontal Therapy hurt?
One of the biggest advantages of laser therapy is that it is a pain free procedure. In some cases anesthesia is used to keep patients comfortable throughout laser procedures, but there is rarely pain associated with laser procedures.
How long does periodontal treatment take?
Periodontal treatment typically takes around 2 hours from start to finish. Patients are typically sedated for periodontal therapy. In some cases patients may only use an anesthetic.
Will I lose my teeth if I have periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss overtime. Gum diseases can progress and damage soft tissue, which directly affects the root that connects to your teeth. This may lead to patients needing to have their tooth extracted, or loss of teeth.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Periodontal Consultation
Have you noticed any of the common signs of gum disease? Call Best Dental Spa for treatment at 847.660.6603, or request a dentist office visit with Dr. Patel online.