Bacteria in your mouth can cause your gums to become inflamed. When this condition is not addressed with proper oral hygiene and special gum treatment, it can begin destroying the gum tissue and the bone supporting your teeth. Ultimately, advanced gum disease can lead to tooth loss or the need for tooth extraction.
At DiGrazia Dentistry, our dentist in Reno can help you prevent and treat this type of gum infection. In Reno, gum treatment is provided by our Reno periodontist to halt the destruction and prevent tooth loss.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
If you have gingivitis – the early stage of gum disease – you may not notice any signs of a problem. At this point, the inflammation can usually be stopped by brushing correctly and flossing once a day, every day.
As the infection worsens, you may notice some of the following symptoms:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red or purplish gums
- Swollen, tender gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
If you experience one or more of these symptoms, you should ask our Reno general dentistry office about the need for gum treatment, which will depend on the stage of gum disease.
Gum disease is caused by bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria are concentrated in plaque, a sticky film that builds up on your teeth. The bacteria produce toxins inflaming your gums and causing gingivitis. As bacteria makes its way beneath the gum line, down to the roots of your teeth, infection can break down the gum tissue and the bones around your teeth. At this point, your gums begin pulling away from your teeth, forming pockets that become infected.
Gum Treatment at our Practice
The main gum treatment options available are:
- Re-establishing your oral hygiene routine. Gingivitis can often be stopped with more effective brushing and flossing. Our team may suggest an antibacterial mouthwash.
- Ultrasonic teeth cleaning. A special deep-cleaning device lets our dentists remove plaque in between your teeth and underneath your gums.
- Scaling and root planing. Scaling involves the hygienist removing hardened plaque from your teeth and tooth roots. In root planing, the rough areas of tooth roots are smoothed out so they will not collect plaque.
Whether early or advanced, gum disease must be treated if you want to enjoy your best oral health. This type of disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss for adults in the US. By stopping it before it gets worse, you can protect the optimum function of your teeth and the best appearance of your smile.
If you want to know if gum treatment is right for you, please contact DiGrazia Dentistry at (775) 786-2077 to schedule a consultation with our Reno periodontist.