Bleeding gums are sometimes caused by illness or other temporary conditions, but can also by one of the early signs of gum disease. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is characterized by receding gums, which may make the teeth look longer than usual, and deep pockets of bacteria and plaque. Prompt treatment of periodontal disease helps you maintain healthy gums and teeth.
One of our goals is patient education, so that every person we treat knows how to keep their smile healthy and beautiful. It's a common misconception that decay is the main reason people lose their teeth, but the number one reason is periodontal disease, more commonly called gum disease. The best way to reverse this condition is to detect it early. So watch for bleeding gums, a receding gumline, or teeth that shift or are loose, and call us right away so we can help you address it properly before things become worse.
Many patients shrug off the seriousness of a lost tooth. It doesn't seem like it would be a big deal, right? But your teeth play a major role in absorbing nutrients from food, and chewing without a full set of teeth can interfere with that. Many patients adjust their diet when eating healthy, raw fruits and vegetables becomes difficult, and as other teeth shift toward the empty spaces, it can affect your bite and cause pain and other problems. Altered speech may be embarrassing. Lost teeth leads to lost bone in the jaw, which is the main reason people with missing teeth look older than they are. We provide a very suitable solution with implants. They look so natural no one will ever be able to tell they are not real teeth.
It is important to have an appointment with Dr. MacArthur or Dr. Crider as soon as you notice symptoms of gum disease. Advanced stages of infection require surgical treatment, but early stages respond to effective nonsurgical methods. This is vital to maintaining your overall health, since the mouth is the gateway to the entire body. Treatment could include a professional dental cleaning, antibiotics, or scaling or root planing. We will assess your needs and discuss a treatment plan with you at your first visit.
Gum disease treatment is vital to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. While your treatment plan is tailored to reflect your current health, a variety of treatments are available to treat gum disease. Some of these treatments include:
The treatments provided can vary based on the stage of the gum disease and how it has affected your teeth. You may also receive recommendations for at home treatment using tools like water picks. A water pick removes food particles, plaque and bacteria in areas that you usually can't reach by flossing and brushing, allowing you to enjoy healthier teeth and gums.
Your gum disease treatment can be as simple as regular at-home cleanings with a water irrigation or water pick, or you may need to use a combination of treatments to regain your oral health. Symptoms, such as loose teeth, bad breath and irritated gums are just as common as bleeding gums during the various stages of gum disease.
Some people may receive dental implant when treating serious gum disease, especially when decayed or loose teeth are present. Receding gums may also lead to dental implants, or other options, when the gums recede enough to expose the tooth nerve.
Not all bleeding is the result of periodontal disease. Sometimes, bleeding gums occur as a result of illness or stress on the body. As a holistic dental provider, we offer a range of solutions that encourage oral health, including recommendations for a healthy diet that promotes healthy teeth and gums.
If you experience any symptoms that may indicate periodontal disease, seeking prompt treatment is the best way to prevent tooth loss and other serious problems. A diagnosis of gum disease doesn't have to be overwhelming. With professional treatment, you enjoy the confidence that comes with a healthy smile.
We can help arrest your gum disease and bring your smile back to health. Give us a call today at (734) 572-4428.
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