Visit a Periodontist to Treat Your Gum Disease

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A periodontist is the most qualified dental specialist to treat gum disease. This is an infection of the gums that destroys the bones that support a person's teeth and damages soft tissues in the mouth. When left untreated, it leads to receding gumlines, loose teeth and eventually the loss of teeth.

Gum disease is a common dental issue. It is right up there with tooth decay. It is also something that can be easily prevented by simply having good oral hygiene. Brushing a minimum of two times a day, flossing once a day and seeing a dentist twice a year for a teeth cleaning and oral examination is typically enough to keep gum disease at bay. The early stages of gum disease can also be reversed by taking better care of the mouth.

The symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Puffy or inflamed gums
  • Reddish or purplish gum
  • Tender gums
  • Receding gums
  • Pus coming from the places gums and teeth meet
  • Bad breath
  • Development of gaps between teeth
  • Gums bleeding after brushing
  • Loose teeth
  • Teeth coming out
  • Pain when chewing

How a periodontist deals with gum disease

1. Diagnosis

To determine if a patient has gum disease and how severe it is, a periodontist might:

  • Review the person's medical history
  • Examine the patient's mouth looking for tartar and plaque build-up
  • Stimulate the patient's gums to see if they bleed easily
  • Measure how deep the person's gum pockets are
  • Use x-rays to determine how much damage the person's condition has caused underneath the gums

2. Treatment

Periodontitis can be treated by a dentist, dental hygienist or periodontist. The purpose of treatment is often to clean the gum pockets and prevent damage to the bone structure that supports teeth. Patients who practice good oral hygiene and do not use tobacco have the highest rates of successful treatment. Non-surgical treatments for gum disease include:

  • Scaling: During this procedure, bacteria and tartar are cleaned off tooth surfaces and gum pockets. The treatment can be performed using an ultrasonic device, a laser or traditional metal dental tools
  • Root planing: This treatment is performed to smooth out root surfaces, making it harder for bacteria and plaque to accumulate on them. The procedure also gets rid of other deposits left on teeth surfaces by bacteria that add to the inflammation caused by gum disease
  • Antibiotics: A periodontist might prescribe oral or topical antibiotics to help fight off the infection

Surgical treatments for gum disease include:

  • Flap surgery: During this procedure, gum flaps are lifted up before root planing and scaling is performed
  • Soft tissue grafts: This is used to fix receding gums. Soft tissues from other parts of the mouth are grafted to the affected areas
  • Bone grafting: This is done to rebuild supporting bone structures that have been damaged by periodontitis

Gum disease requires immediate treatment

The longer you put off getting the treatment you need for gum disease, the harder it becomes to reverse the condition. Stop by our Lubbock office if you have any of the signs and symptoms of this common oral problem.

Request an appointment here: https://highplainsperio.com or call High Plains Periodontics And Implant Dentistry at (806) 686-1262 for an appointment in our Lubbock office.

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