Our gums are the framework of our smile, and we need them to keep our teeth strong and stable. However, without treatment this could mean disease and an increased risk of tooth loss. In today’s blog, your Los Angeles, CA, dentist talks about recognizing the symptoms of periodontal issues and treatment options.
Warning Signs of Gum Trouble
How do you know if your gums are in trouble? Well, the common symptoms of gingivitis, or gum inflammation, include redness and soreness. If you have sensitivity and they appear red around the teeth, you may need treatment to prevent periodontal disease. When you develop the early stages of gum disease, which happens when inflammation causes the tissues to pull away from the teeth and form deep pockets at the gum line, this could mean bleeding when you brush and floss, recession, or swelling. Gingivitis can be revered, while periodontal disease needs management to avoid tooth loss.
The Causes and Possible Dangers
A number of factors could cause inflammation, such as plaque buildup brought on by improper brushing and flossing, or a diet high in sugar and starch. Smoking and other tobacco products could be a factor too, as could inflammatory illnesses, certain medications, or a family history of periodontal troubles. Without treatment, the disease will grow more severe with time and eventually, begin to sever the tissues that connect your teeth and gums. This causes adult tooth loss, which then leads to issues with the structure and appearance of your smile, as well as your ability to eat and speak. When you exhibit signs such as redness, soreness, or bleeding in your smile, please let us know right away so we can help with treatment.
For the early stages, we could recommend a scaling and root planing. This is a deep cleaning that removes buildup from the teeth and roots, and could be used to reverse gingivitis or begin managing gum disease. For more severe cases, we could recommend pocket reduction surgery or possibly gum grafts to control the disease and prevent worsening symptoms or tooth loss. If you have lost teeth, we could manage the issue and then discuss dental implant placement. Regular cleaning every three to four months could then help safeguard your smile, as well as proper care at home. If you have any questions about diagnosing and treating these concerns, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk To Your Los Angeles, CA, Dentist About Periodontal Care
We would like to help you maintain a whole and healthy smile. If you would like to learn more about improving the health of your gums, or about our treatments for issues like TMJ disorder, bruxism, or sleep apnea, contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist, Dr. Lapidus, by calling 310-446-4867.