Gum Disease Symptoms and Treatments

Oct 23, 2012 @ 10:05 AM — by Byron Wall

Albuquerque Gum Disease TreatmentThe term “gum disease” can sound pretty frightening. The truth is, it is a serious dental condition. However, there is treatment available, even for severe cases of gum disease. If you believe you may be suffering from gum disease, it is important to seek help before the condition leads to damage to your teeth. At its worst, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, at Dr. Byron W. Wall’s Albuquerque cosmetic dentistry practice, we recognize the symptoms of gum disease and can offer treatment so that you can avoid other oral health problems.

Symptoms

Gum disease is primarily caused by plaque and bacteria in the mouth. Some of the symptoms of gum disease are fairly obvious. Most of us know that red gums, swollen gums, bleeding after brushing, or loose teeth may be signs of gum disease. However, there are some less obvious symptoms that could also point to gum disease. One of these symptoms is consistently bad breath. This is caused by toxins that are released by the bacteria in your mouth. If you suffer from halitosis and have been unable to treat the problem, you should see Dr. Wall to check for signs of gum disease. Another symptom of gum disease is gaps between the teeth. If you have always had gaps it is not a problem, but the appearance of new gaps should be cause for concern. In patients with gum disease, the gum pulls away from the teeth. This forms pockets where bacteria can collect and in some cases it can also lead to gaps between the teeth or an elongated look to the teeth where the gums have receded.

Treatment

Dr. Wall can offer his patients in Albuquerque periodontal treatment to restore the mouth to a healthy state. The most common treatment for gum disease is a process called scaling and root planing. This is, basically, a deep cleaning process. With scaling, we are able to remove plaque and bacteria from above and below the gum line. The root planing process creates a smooth surface on the teeth. This makes it easier for healthy gum tissue to grow and attach to the tooth. In many cases, scaling and root planing will be followed by the use of an antimicrobial rinse. This kills any bacteria that may still be remaining after the cleaning. In severe cases of gum disease, when scaling and root planing is not enough, Dr. Wall may recommend surgical treatment. This involves lifting the gum and removing plaque from beneath the area. Surgical procedures can be avoided if gum disease is detected in its early stages. The goal of all periodontal treatments is to remove plaque and bacteria from the mouth and promote the growth of healthy gum tissue.

Schedule an Appointment

As with all dental health problems, it is best to treat gum disease in its earliest stages so that further problems can be avoided. If you suspect you are suffering from gum disease, it is important to schedule an appointment with Dr. Byron W. Wall. However severe your case of gum disease may be, Dr. Wall can offer a treatment to improve your oral health.

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