If you’re experiencing inflamed or bleeding gums, you could have gum disease. At Relief Dental in Tucker, Georgia, our team specializes in gum disease treatment and restoring your oral health. If you notice symptoms of gum disease, call the office today or request a reservation using the online tool.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, occurs when the tissues that surround your teeth become infected, caused by a buildup of bacteria.
The condition can range in severity. You can experience minor gum inflammation or severely damage your tissue and bone.
The two most common types of gum disease include:
This is the mildest form, causing red, swollen gums that tend to bleed easily. Our team can help you reverse gingivitis with professional care and proper oral hygiene.
If you allow your gingivitis to go untreated, it can advance to periodontitis, which causes your gums to pull away from your teeth. As pockets form, infection can set in, leading to the breakdown of tissue and bone, which can result in tooth loss.
Gum disease can be treated in various ways. The most common include:
At Relief Dental, our providers may prescribe oral antibiotics, antibiotic gels, or recommend an antimicrobial mouthwash to ward off the progression of periodontitis.
This is a deep-cleaning process that removes tartar buildup from below your gum line. It also smooths out spots on your teeth where bacteria have accumulated.
Our team performs flap surgery, which reduces the size of the pockets that form between your teeth and gums. Depending upon the severity, you may also need surgery on your jawbone, eliminating indentations in your bone where the bacteria settles. For more advanced procedures such as this, Relief Dental maintains relationships with exceptional specialists in the area to partner and offer comprehensive care as needed.
Taking care of your teeth and gums can prevent gum disease. Proactive ways for you to avoid it include:
These preventive tips on following proper oral hygiene habits promote healthy teeth and gums.
If you show concerning signs of gum disease, don’t delay. Schedule a checkup with our team before conditions deteriorate. Call the office or request your reservation online today.