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Gum Disease Treatment

Artful Smiles Dental Studio Offers Gum Disease Treatment to Improve Oral Health

Periodontitis and gingivitis are two of the most common types of gum disease that we see here at Artful Smiles Dental Studio. These infections are more common than you think, but just because they are common doesn’t mean that you should delay gum disease treatment.

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Causes of Gum Disease

The major cause of gum disease is bacteria stored in the plaque that gathers around the base of your teeth, but the plaque is not always the root cause of gum disease. It can also be caused by medications that adversely affect oral health, hormonal changes, smoking, or something as unavoidable as genetic susceptibility.

Some of these risk factors are unavoidable, or byproducts of another condition that a patient may be suffering from such as diabetes, cancer, or AIDS. Other causes of gum disease can be prevented through lifestyle changes. Regardless of the cause, our dental office offers various types of treatment for gum infection that will help you to get back on track with your dental health.

 

Symptoms of Gum Disease and Gum Infection

You can’t seek treatment for gum disease if you don’t know the symptoms. Listed below are the most common indicators experienced by patients suffering with gum disease:

  • Sensitive teeth
  • Persistent bad breath, that won’t go away after brushing, mouthwash, or gum
  • Chewing becomes painful while eating
  • Bleeding or swollen gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums or teeth that are partially covered because of swollen gums
  • Mouth sores

All of these symptoms are serious indications of gum disease. If left untreated, they will only lead to bigger dental problems. So it is important to address any gum discomfort with your dentist as soon as possible.

Your dentist will prescribe the best treatment option for you depending on the damage to your gums. Gum disease treatment will vary, but the most common treatments are deep cleaning, scaling, and root planning. In these procedures, tartar and plaque are removed and scraped away from the teeth. Then, the affected teeth are smoothed and treated with medication, which aids in preventing more bacteria from gathering around your teeth.

In severe cases, major treatments might involve surgery such as bone and soft tissue grafts, tissue regeneration, and pocket reduction surgery. In most cases, these major treatments can be avoided with early detection and treatment, which is why you should contact us right away if you are suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned above.

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