Periodontal means the “around the tooth” therefore, periodontal disease, means a disease that affects you around the tooth, or in other words, your gums. Periodontics is the study and treatment of gums. Healthy gums are literally the basis for supporting your teeth. If they are healthy, your teeth will stay in place, and if they are not healthy, you can face inflammation, tooth loss, and even bone damage. Gum disease is preventable and it can be a bit difficult to treat when it’s in the later stages. If you currently suffer from gum disease or your gums aren’t as healthy as they could be, find out how periodontics in Springfield can help you at Chesterfield Family Dental.
Symptoms of Gum Diseases
At Chesterfield Family Dental, we want our patients to recognize the many symptoms of gum disease so that they know when to seek treatment. Without treatment, you can experience severe pain and even tooth loss so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible and to always let us know if you experience any of these symptoms.
Symptoms of Gingivitis
Gingivitis is the first stage of developing a full-blown periodontal disease. It is completely reversible. Symptoms include:
- Swollen and red gums
- Easily bleeding gums from flossing and brushing
- Gum recession
- Bad Breath
Symptoms of Periodontitis
This is a more advanced stage of gingivitis. Unfortunately, when you enter this stage, damage to your soft tissue and bone loss have already occurred. Symptoms include:
- Tender to touch gums
- Bright red and swollen gums
- Pus buildup between gums and teeth
- Developing space between teeth that cause the formation of periodontal pockets
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Bad breath
- Teeth don’t fit together when you bite
- Loose feeling teeth
Symptoms of Advanced Periodontitis
This is the final of gum disease and it is the most severe. In most cases, it results in the loss of bone and periodontal tissues in your gums that support your teeth. As a result, teeth shift, loosen, fall out or require extraction. Symptoms include:
- Severe gum recession
- Loose teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Bleeding and swollen gums
- Chronically bad breath
- Deep periodontal pockets
If you are experiencing any symptoms of any stage of periodontal disease, it’s important to visit Dr. Buzbee as soon as possible so we can begin your gum disease treatment in Springfield. Your treatment will help you prevent us from extracting your teeth or from them falling out on their own. Gum disease can ruin your dental health completely, leaving you with a mouth without teeth.
Gum Disease Treatments
Although it won’t be fun, gum disease is important for maintaining a mouth full of teeth. Without treatment, you can say bye to your teeth and hello to dentures. In most cases, patients have gingivitis and can reverse this disease with at-home gum disease treatments. For example, Dr. Buzbee will recommend that you brush and floss at least twice a day. This will help prevent plaque from building up. We also recommend using a mouthwash that’s purpose is to treat gingivitis. In some cases, we will prescribe an antimicrobial mouth rinse to kill off the gum disease. Your last at-home treatment includes avoiding sugary foods and drinks.
Unfortunately, some patients experience the more severe forms of periodontal disease. This is where periodontics treatment gets a little more complicated. We will first attack any signs of gum disease with a deep cleaning or root planing and scaling where we clean underneath the gum’s surface near the tooth. Afterward, we prescribe the antimicrobial medications or mouth rinses to kills the germs. We also make sure to remove all dental plaque and tartar from your teeth to help stop growth from happening.
In some cases, your gum disease will have progressed so far that your gum tissue no longer fits against your teeth. This is where we will need to perform a minor gum surgery where we remove the bacteria from the periodontal pockets. Your gums will then start rebuilding what was lost and eventually your gums will return to their original position.
In some cases, bone loss happens and unfortunately, we can only reverse this damage through gum grafts and bone grafts to help you preserve your teeth.
Our last resort for gum disease is to extract your teeth. Once all of your teeth are pulled and the bacteria are removed, your gums can heal and we can provide you with different restorative options to replace your teeth. This can include implant supported dentures.
How to Avoid Periodontal Disease
The best way to treat periodontal disease is to do everything in your power to avoid it in the first place. You can begin by brushing and flossing, yes flossing, twice daily. Brushing your teeth removes plaque, tartar, bacteria, and debris from the surfaces of your teeth and floss helps to remove the same in-between your teeth as well as under the gums. Flossing is an essential component to preventing gum disease.
Next, we recommend that you visit us every 6 months for your dental exam. During this exam, we also perform a dental cleaning which removes all plaque and tartar from your teeth. This helps prevent gum disease because the bacteria is no longer forming. In addition, we examine your gums closely so that we can perform other preventive measures like deep cleanings if we think that gum disease is beginning to form. In some cases, periodontal disease is a genetic matter and we must come up with a solution to defeat it.
Prevent Gum Disease with Periodontics Today
If you have a family history of gum disease or you are worried that you might have it, it’s time to schedule an appointment with our Springfield dentist so that we can catch your gum disease as early as possible to reverse it. Reversing an early stage of gum disease is much easier than treating a severe stage. Make sure to take care of your teeth at home and visit us regularly to do everything in your power to avoid this horrible disease. Give our Springfield dental office a call or fill out our online form to schedule your next appointment today!