Gum Disease Treatment
Gum disease is an inflammatory, oftentimes painful disease that causes redness, bleeding, puffiness, and more. In extreme cases, gum disease can even lead to tooth loss or rampant tooth decay. While the first step is prevention, we also don’t want to see our patients endure lengthy periods of time with the symptoms of gum disease. Take a look below and explore our treatment options, as well as tips to prevent further infections.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
Common symptoms of gum disease are as follows:
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Tooth loss
- Pain and sensitivity
If you find that you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, contact us right away to schedule an appointment. We’ll give you a thorough check-up and help clean up problem areas, or put you back on the path towards treatment.
Types of Treatments Available
What is most often recommended first is called scaling and root planing. This procedure involves scraping away the plaque and tartar that builds up between the teeth and the gums, and even going under the gums to get rid of the worst of the bacteria buildup (root planing).
In the extreme case that the damage is starting to wear on your teeth or your gums have receded to an extreme length, a gum graft or Alloderm procedure may be needed. Both procedures are similar in nature, but utilize different materials. A gum graft is the application of new tissues onto the gum area to encourage growth and to refresh areas that have receded. An alloderm is a type of bone graft that can be applied to the jawbone, in order to encourage growth as well as create a firmer foundation for a tooth weakened by gum disease.
Tips to Prevent Gum Disease
- Brushing and Flossing Daily: Brushing twice a day and flossing consistently keeps the worst of the food particles and plaque at bay, the two main causes of bacterial infections.
- Attend Regular Cleanings and Appointments: It’s vital that you keep up with your appointments, so that Dr. Plooster and Dr. Hoffman can keep an eye out for early warning signs.
- Healthy Diet: Eating sugar or carbohydrate-heavy food can increase your odds of garnering tooth decay and bacterial infections. Also, there are some food items where the acidity or lack of vitamins can make the gums prone to disease.
- Kick Bad Habits: Smoking and other tobacco products can make your teeth and gums vulnerable to infections, as well as oral cancer.
Got Gum Disease? Let Us Help at Family and Implant Dentistry
Gum disease is a harmful disease that can wreak havoc on your gums and teeth, causing painful symptoms and possible tooth loss. Catch the symptoms early by consulting with us at Family and Implant Dentistry in Lincoln, NE. We’ll be happy to schedule you for an appointment or cleaning to restore your smile.