Treating Periodontal Disease Will Save Your Teeth
Many adults in the US currently have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. This can range from mild cases, where the gums are simply inflamed, to serious disease that can cause major damage to the soft tissue, and even bone, that supports your teeth.
Some symptoms to watch out for include:
What Causes Periodontal Disease?
- Permanent bad breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Sensitive or loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Receding gums or teeth that look longer
The bacteria in our mouths are constantly forming plaque on our teeth. If this plaque is not regularly cleaned off by brushing, it hardens to form tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist. The longer plaque and tartar are left on your teeth, the more damage they do, causing gingivitis (red, swollen gums that bleed easily) and periodontitis, where gums pull away from the teeth, allowing bacteria to infect the resultant spaces. This can ultimately lead to loose teeth that will have to be removed.
How is It Treated?
At Lehman Drive Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, treatment methods depend upon the severity of your periodontal disease. If it still in the early stages (gingivitis) we may just thoroughly clean your teeth and give you advice on how you can improve your overall dental care to guard against the disease flaring up again.
If it has spread to the sulcus (the space between the tooth and gums) we may recommend that you see a periodontist in Colorado Springs, CO, who will clean your teeth using a deep cleaning method called scaling and root planning, which is usually done under local anesthetic.