Treatment for Gum Disease
Gum disease is one of many dental conditions that can often go untreated as patients choose to ignore the signs and symptoms. However, gum disease that is left untreated for a long period of time can lead to all sorts of health problems and health risks, so it’s important that you are thoroughly examined for gum disease with the help of Dr. Hall.
Sometimes known as periodontal disease and gingivitis, gum disease is a condition that affects millions of patients each year, and is caused by an excess build-up of tartar, plaque and other bacteria on the teeth. While bacteria live on most of our body parts, too much bacteria, such as tartar and plaque, can lead to gum disease and other oral infections. Many people are unaware that they suffer from the condition until symptoms become severe.
What are the symptoms of gum disease?
When it comes to gum disease there are plenty of tell-tale signs of the condition that include:
- Bleeding gums
- Red or swollen gums
- Receding gums
- Constant bad breath
- Loose or sensitive teeth
Do bleeding gums indicate gum disease?
While bleeding gums can be a hallmark of gum disease, it can also be the sign of all sorts of other conditions including brushing too hard, too harsh of a toothbrush, hormonal changes, improper flossing, a lack of Vitamin K, the use of certain medications, amongst other. Dr. Hall will examine your teeth and gums thoroughly to get to the root of the cause if you are suffering from bleeding gums.
What’s the best gum disease treatment?
There are both surgical and non-surgical ways to treat gum disease but it is wisest to start off with the non-invasive treatment methods first, before jumping to more complex procedures. The type of treatment that is best for you will depend on the extent of the damage caused by gum disease.
Many patients undergo a professional dental cleaning first, which eliminates excess bacteria that lives on the surface of teeth. If further treatment is required, deep scaling and root planning may be an option.
Dr. Hall will also work with you to create an at-home treatment regimen that is designed to work effectively between visits.
With some patients, more invasive methods may be needed to fully treat and get rid of gum disease. These gum treatments often involve surgery and are necessary when non-surgical methods do not work. This occurs when the tissue located around the teeth is unhealthy and isn’t able to be properly repaired through nonsurgical options. These methods include pocket reduction surgery, tissue regeneration, soft tissue grafts, and others. Dr. Hall will be able to decide which gum treatment is best for you.
What are the effects of untreated gum disease?
Gum disease that is left untreated for a long period of time can lead to other health problems. In pregnant women gum disease may cause pre-term labor as well as low-weight deliveries. Gum disease can also cause cardiovascular health problems such as stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and others. Osteoporosis and respiratory diseases may also be caused and/or worsened by gum disease.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease and gingivitis, is a condition that is caused by the excess build-up of tartar, plaque, and other bacteria on the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to a range of health problems. Some of the most common symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums, red and swollen gums, receding gums, constant bad breath, and loose or sensitive teeth.
There are a number of ways to treat gum disease, and the best option will depend on the severity of the condition. The first step is often to undergo a professional dental cleaning, which is helpful in eliminating excess bacteria from the surface of the teeth. If further treatment is required, deep scaling and root planning may be suitable options.
In some cases, surgery may be required to treat gum disease. Surgery may be recommended in cases where the tissue around the teeth is unhealthy and cannot be repaired with non-surgical treatments. Surgery options include pocket reduction surgery, tissue regeneration, and soft tissue grafts.
If left untreated, gum disease can lead to a range of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. In pregnant women, gum disease can lead to pre-term labor as well as low-weight deliveries.
Gum disease treatment Colorado Springs
Concerned about gum disease? Are you suffering from symptoms that may be related to the condition? If so, contact our Colorado Springs office today at (719) 481-8250 to schedule a consultation time with Dr. Hall. During your appointment, your mouth and teeth will be thoroughly examined and a diagnosis will be made. For patient’s convenience, you may also contact us online!