Gum disease. You’ve probably heard about it in passing through toothpaste or mouthwash commercials. What you may not realize is just how badly gum disease can affect the health and appearance of your smile, and just how widespread the disease it.
According to the American Dental Association, gum disease affects up to half of all American adults. Gum disease can cause tooth-loss, chronic bad breath, and has been linked to potentially life-threatening conditions such as heart disease. The good news is that gum disease is both treatable and reversible.
At the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX, we offer treatment for every stage of gum disease. We can detect the early symptoms of gum disease and reverse it before it becomes a serious health issue. We can also treat advanced gum disease and help you preserve your smile.
In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to give you the 411 on gum disease. We’ll discuss the symptoms of gum disease, as well as the detection of gum disease. Then we’ll look at the treatment options which are available if you are suffering from gum disease. Let’s get started!
What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Gum disease can be a silent and even painless disease in its earliest stages. Gum disease infections are caused when plaque and other harmful bacteria build-up on and inside of your gums. This build-up is caused by normal everyday habits like eating surgery or acid foods. Tobacco use and your genetic background can also increase your risk for gum disease.
The early stages of gum disease are known as gingivitis. Gingivitis can lead to the inflammation and swelling of your gums, leaving them feeling extremely tender. Your gums may also bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, or you may experience chronic bad breath.
Advanced gum disease is a far more serious issue. You may begin to notice that your gums are separating from your teeth, or that your teeth are loosening. If left untreated, advanced gum disease may lead to tooth loss and bone loss.
State-of-the-Art Gum Disease Detection
At the Antoine Dental Center we have the advanced technology needed to detect and plan your gum disease treatment. We may use a special i-CAT machine which allows us to take 3D cat scan images or digital X-rays. With these advanced imaging technologies we can spot the exact location of your gum disease and make a plan for treating it.
Comfortable Treatments for Gum Disease
Your gum disease treatment will depend on the severity of your gum disease. The earliest stages of gum disease are often reversible with a simple, routine dental cleaning and changes in your brushing and flossing routine. If the disease has progressed slightly past that point, we may recommend that you undergo a deep cleaning.
A deep cleaning, also known as root planing and scaling, allows us to clean inside of your gums. We begin by removing tartar and plaque located at and under your gums. Then we remove any bacteria buildups from the roots of your teeth. This allows your gums to begin to reattach to your teeth. We perform deep cleanings under local anesthesia to ensure a comfortable procedure, and dental sedation services are available if you are nervous or anxious.
For advanced stages of gum disease, you may need to undergo gum surgery to prevent the loss of your teeth. During this comfortable surgery (which can be preformed with dental sedation) we lift your gums and remove all the plaque, tartar, and disease. Then we position your gums to allow them to reattach to your gums. In certain cases you may also need to undergo a bone graft or tissue graft if the damage caused by gum disease is severe.
Make An Appointment
Are you currently suffering from gum disease? If it’s been more than a year since your last dental exam you may be suffering from gum disease and not even realize it. In either case you should make an appointment at the Antoine Dental Center in Houston, TX. Early treatment of gum disease can preserve your smile and save you from pain and lengthy treatments later in life. Call us today at 713-364-8990.