Advanced Gum Treatment
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that cans improvement to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. The three stages of gum disease — from least to most severe — are gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.
Signs & Symptoms
Gum disease can be painless, so it is important to be aware of any of the following symptoms:
- Swollen, red, tender or bleeding gums
- Gums that recede or move away from the tooth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth
- Loose teeth
- Visible pus surrounding the teeth and gums
Gums are an essential part of mouth; they keep teeth in the socket and ultimately help in chewing. They are like the support system of teeth, without which teeth cannot function. And just like any other part of body they are also prone to disease. You will be surprised to know but there are more than 600 bacterial species in the mouth, all fighting to protect a place for its survival. So imagine how much hard work gums have to do in order to keep teeth secure. Nonetheless, there are various types of infections which can still happen.
The most common type is known as ‘Gingivitis’ which happen due to deposition of a sticky whitish layer on the teeth, known as ‘plaque’ which if not cleaned appropriately tends to harden and calcify to form calculus. With time, when a person fails to brush properly or is unable to take care of Gingivitis, the disease advances to ‘Periodontitis’ which is also commonly known as ‘Pyorrhea’. As food particles, bacterial dead cells deposit and keep on getting hardened, creating a barrier between teeth and gums which attach teeth to bone. As a result, teeth become loose and start moving, there is bone loss due to advanced stage of the disease and ultimately teeth fall. The first sign to look for is bleeding from gums, which can happen for the duration of brushing or biting on any hard food stuff. Other sign is swelling of gums and visible hard deposits or calculus on teeth, which are more on the lingual side of the teeth.
Advanced gum disease, called periodontitis, As common as the condition is, tooth loss is often the unfortunate outcome when left untreated. But today, with so many winning treatment options available for advanced periodontal disease, losing teeth doesn’t have to be your next step with an unhealthy gum line.
Exposed roots due to gum recession can be enclosed with gum grafts, wherein gum tissue is taken from your palate or from another source and used to cover the roots of one or more teeth. Covering exposed roots helps reduce sensitivity and protects your roots from decay, while stopping further gum recession and bone loss.
FAQ About Dental Treatments
Make it fun! If you are excited about brushing your teeth, your children will also be enthusiastic. Children want to do the things their parents do. If your children observe you brushing your teeth and show good dental habits, they will follow.
Much illness of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when the dentist examines the mouth. An X-ray examination may reveal:
- little areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings)
- infections in the bone
- periodontal (gum) disease
- abscesses or cysts
- developmental abnormalities
- some types of tumors
A mouth guard can stop damage to your face and teeth. Most people benefit from wearing a mouth guard when playing any sport. You should wear one whether you are playing professionally or just on weekends. Do what you can to preserve your smile and your health. The best mouth guards are custom-fitted by your dentist. This is especially important if you wear braces or fixed bridgework.