Concerned about the health of your gums? You may have good reason—gum disease (i.e. periodontal disease) not only damages your gums, but it is also one of the leading causes of tooth loss today. Fortunately, regular dental checkups provided by your Gaithersburg, MD, dentists, Drs. Adam Schneider and Katie Staub, provide effective gum disease treatments to help protect your smile!
How can I tell if I have periodontal disease?
Often the most obvious symptoms of this condition are bleeding or tender gums. Although a little bleeding when you brush may not seem like a huge problem, bleeding can point to gingivitis, the beginning form of periodontal disease. Other gum disease symptoms can include:
- Chronic bad breath
- Swollen, red, puffy gums
- An unpleasant taste in your mouth
- Receding gums
- Spaces between your gums and teeth
- Pus between your gums and teeth
- Pain, especially when you chew or eat hot, cold or sugary foods and drinks
- Loose teeth or dentures
What types of treatments are available?
Gingivitis can often be reversed with a dental cleaning and improved oral hygiene. Visiting your Gaithersburg dentist every six months for exams and cleanings is a simple way to protect your gums.
If the disease has progressed passed this stage, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning. During this cleaning, plaque and tartar are removed above and below your gum line. You may also need to use oral or topical antibiotics for a short period of time following the cleaning.
Severe gum disease destroys gum tissue and may also affect the bones and ligaments that hold your teeth in place. If you have this form of the disease, you may need oral surgery to close the spaces/pockets around your teeth to remove the debris, bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Tissue and bone grafts might also be required to replace the lost gum tissue and bone.
Lasers are often used to perform gum surgery today. Many people can return to their normal activities within just 24 hours after laser surgery.
If you've lost teeth due to gum disease, your dentist may recommend bridges, dental implants, full dentures or implant-supported dentures, depending on the degree of tooth loss.
Don't let periodontal disease destroy your smile. Call your Gaithersburg, MD, dentists, Drs. Adam Schneider and Katie Staub, at (301) 948-3111 to schedule a consultation.