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. 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I keep my gums in the best of health?
In addition to following a regular oral hygiene routine of brushing twice a day and flossing daily, you’ll want to see your dentist for cleanings and exams at least twice a year to ensure your teeth and gums are in the best of health. For optimal gum health, you’ll want to:
- Avoid tobacco products
- Use a therapeutic mouthwash to rinse between meals
- Use a fluoride toothpaste
- Look out for signs of unhealthy gums or gum disease
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Address teeth grinding
How soon after a deep cleaning will the symptoms go away?
After a deep cleaning, any discomfort and swelling will subside within a few weeks. The time it takes for the symptoms to subside depends on the extent of the infection. In addition to following any recommendations by Dr. Hoffman, you’ll want to rinse with warm saltwater to keep your mouth free of bacteria and promote gum healing. In the meantime, you can use over-the-counter pain relievers and ice to help with any discomfort and swelling.
What is the best treatment for gum disease?
The best treatment for gum disease is always prevention. However, once you have the infection, you’ll need to visit our Lincoln dental office so we can perform a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. During this treatment, we’ll use special tools to scale off the tartar on your teeth and in pockets that have formed.
Then, we’ll smooth the roots of your teeth. Depending on the extent of the infection, Dr. Hoffman may prescribe an antibiotic or mouthwash to ensure the infection is completely eradicated. If you have advanced gum disease, you may benefit from a bone graft to improve your jawbone density or an Alloderm guided tissue regeneration to restore the appearance of receding gums.
Can gum disease be cured?
Once the disease has reached advanced stages known as periodontitis, it can’t be reversed, but Dr. Hoffman may recommend more frequent visits to stop the disease from progressing.
If the disease is caught early on, known as gingivitis, it can be reversed with a deep cleaning at our Lincoln office. In addition to a deep cleaning, you’ll want to be diligent about your oral hygiene care following your treatment by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals.
If you suspect you have gum disease, don’t wait for the symptoms to get worse. It’s vital to treat gum disease right away to stop the disease from progressing. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Hoffman by calling (402) 486-0825 and we’ll help restore your oral health.
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.