Do your gums bleed after you brush or floss? Are your gums sensitive to hot and cold foods or beverages?
You may be at risk of developing gum disease. Periodontitis, or gum disease, is caused by a buildup of bacteria on the gums. The early stage of gum disease is gingivitis or gum inflammation. Over time, as bacteria affect the gums, patients can experience gum swelling, sensitivity, and, eventually, recession. The health of the gums will also impact the stability of your teeth and bite.
The professional dental team at Brookwood Dental Associates provides restorative dentistry services to our patients, including periodontal disease treatment in Lansdale, PA. We work with you to prevent developing gum disease and can offer treatment to reverse the symptoms of gum inflammation and infection.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
There are several signs to be aware of when it comes to gum inflammation and the development of gum disease:
- Red and bleeding gums
- Gum swelling and sensitivity
- Deep gum pockets
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Bad breath
- Gum recession
Contact our dental team if you have noticed any of these symptoms. We will help you find the right treatment to meet your needs.
Treatments for Gum Disease
At regular dental appointments, we can provide periodontal charting to keep track of your gum health. We take measurements of the gum pockets and mark any changes in their depth. Gum recession is a serious result of gum disease that can quickly lead to tooth loss. In addition to charting, we can also provide:
- Antibiotic Gel: We can apply an antibiotic gel at routine appointments. If patients have formed gum pockets as a result of periodontitis, we can place the gel in these pockets to help them heal. Antibiotics help fight off the bacteria that affect the gums.
- Scaling and Root Planing: These gum treatments are used together to provide a deep gum cleaning. Scaling removes plaque and tartar around and beneath the gums. Root planing smooths the tooth roots so the teeth remain attached to the gums.
- Advanced Grafting and Surgery: Patients who have receded gums and/or advanced gum disease may require treatment from our on-staff periodontist. They can provide gum grafting treatment to add healthy tissue to the gums. They may also need to remove infected gum tissue to reduce the spread of the disease.
Renew Your Oral Health Today
Have you noticed changes in the health or appearance of your gums? Request a dental appointment with our dental team on our website or call 267-651-7247.