Gum Disease Treatment
Swollen, Bleeding Gums? We Can Help You Have Healthy Gums
Your gums are not supposed to bleed after you brush and floss. If you went a bit crazy doing those, then maybe a little blood is expected. But if you are bleeding almost every time you clean your teeth, or if your gums are red, swollen, or tender, you could have gum disease. And unless you take care of it, gum disease can make you lose your teeth.
How Can I Get A Disease In My Gums?
Even the cleanest mouth will have some bacteria in it. They feed off tiny particles of food left over when you eat, and when they are living on your teeth, they secrete an acid that eats away at your enamel. This is what causes tooth decay. But these bacteria can also irritate and inflame your gums. Left untreated, this can turn into gum disease.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. This is when the bacteria are on the gums but not underneath them. But the advanced stage of gum disease is called periodontitis. This is when the bacteria infects your gums and is not curable. We will be able to manage it, but once the gums are infected, that’s all anyone can do. And that’s why it’s so important to treat the early stage of gum disease before it gets worse.
What Is Scaling And Root Planing?
Gum disease basically it’s a misnomer. It’s actually a bone disease. Over the years, we’ve called it gum disease or gingivitis or periodontitis. We’ve basically have over a hundred viruses that live in our mouth. You have to keep working at it. You know, every 24 hours the pellicle builds back up so if you don’t keep cleaning it, basically the bacteria will live at the level of your gum or below, and if you don’t clean that out every 24 hours, then basically, it’ll start building up, and that bacteria will inflame your gum. That’s where the term gum disease becomes, but basically it’ll start eating away the bony support, and that will actually loosen your teeth up.
The other that’s most important that people don’t realize is that if you have bleeding gums that you have chronic gum disease, that basically, it’s eating away at the bone. The most important thing — it’s living in your blood stream. As it travels through your blood stream, it will land on parts in your heart and in your brain and this causes congestive heart problems and also strokes, and people don’t realize that. Actually cardiologists, if you’re going to have any heart work done, will not do anything if you any, unless you have your gum disease under control.
We treat that usually after our initial exam, and we take the probing to see how healthy your gums are, and if they’re unhealthy, there’s different phases. You can have a regular cleaning if it’s just gingivitis. If it’s more bacteria, and we do it by a certain criteria that we use here, then you’ll have a full mouth debreedment by a hygienist. Then if it’s even more chronic, more intense, then we basically do quadrant scaling, which is no more than … We use anesthetic and whatever, laughing gas or medications, then we basically clean all your mouth, four quadrants, and remove all the bacteria that’s on the roots of your teeth that are invading your blood supply and also your bony support.
Then we have them back in about a month, and we have a regular cleaning and we go over those numbers again to see how you’ve improved … Then from that point on we become a cheerleader and they have to take care of their own mouth, and we cheer them on.
With gum disease, the problem is often bacteria and plaque not on the teeth but on or below the gumline. In order to give your teeth the deep cleaning necessary to get rid of the bacteria, we offer a two-step treatment at Appalachian Dental Care called scaling and root planing. Dr. Airey will use special tools to carefully get below your gums to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria. This is a nonsurgical way to help stop gum disease from getting out of hand.
Can Antibiotic Treatments Fight Gum Disease?
Even the best deep cleaning treatment cannot hope to get rid of all bacteria. To help make root planing and scaling more effective, Dr. Airey can prescribe an antibiotic treatment. These come in different forms (such as pills, gels, or mouthwash), but they all do the same thing: attack the bacteria causing plaque and gum disease.
What Is A Gum Graft And How Does That Help?
If you’re suffering from gum disease, you are probably experiencing gums that pull away and recede from your teeth. And if you aren’t yet, you could be soon. While prevention is the key to helping stop gum disease, it’s little help if your gums have already started to move. Exposing more of your teeth is a cosmetic issue — who wants to look at a smile filled with teeth that are way too long? — but because this exposes parts of your teeth normally covered, it can increase your chances of tooth decay. To combat this, Dr. Airey can perform a gum graft. This oral surgery technique takes healthy gum tissue and attaches it to the receding gums, covering your teeth back up and bringing your gumline back to where it belongs.
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