Understanding gum disease treatment in West Palm Beach
If you open your mouth in front of a mirror, you’ll notice teeth, gums, a tongue, and other tissue. Perhaps you’ll even find a stay piece of spinach left over from your salad. What you don’t see, but is also prevalent in your mouth, is moisture, bacteria, plaque, and miniscule food particles. Brushing and flossing help to minimize the harmful particles; however, plaque that isn’t removed can lead to the formation of tartar. Tartar cannot be removed at home; it requires a professional cleaning by a dental hygienist.
Many patients believe that when plaque and bacteria remain on the teeth the outcome will be cavities. While cavities and tooth decay are a concern, plaque and tartar can cause trouble in the gums as well. When the tartar spreads below the gum line, it can cause pockets to form between the tooth and the gum. These pockets can then become infected leading the gums to become red, swollen, or bleed. Gum inflammation is known as gingivitis, which is an early stage of gum disease. If gingivitis remains untreated, it can lead to further infection and a more serious form of gum disease known as periodontitis.
In addition to more severe symptoms and pain, periodontitis can continue the progression of the infection and lead to damage to the gums, the supporting jawbone, and the oral tissue. Left untreated, periodontitis can cause the teeth to become loose or need to be extracted.
However, gum disease is one of the easiest oral health problems to prevent. Proper brushing and flossing can help prevent, control, and remove plaque and bacteria on the teeth. However, if you do have symptoms of gum disease, it’s important to see a trusted dentist for treatment.
The team at Pure Dental Care has been helping patients in West Palm Beach and the nearby area to keep their teeth and gums healthy for many years. If a patient does have gum disease, they have a variety of approaches to control and reverse the problem. For example:
- Deep cleaning is used to remove plaque from both above and beneath the gum line. Using special instruments, dentists at Pure Dental Care can remove the plaque and stop the progression of gum disease.
- Prescription antibiotics or mouth rinses are sometime used to help control the level of bacteria in the mouth. It can also be used to treat advanced cases of gum disease.
- Sometimes the best approach to eliminating gum disease is through surgery. During surgery for periodontitis, the gums are lifted away from the teeth and the plaque and bacteria are removed. Then the gums are tightly sewn to ensure that the pockets are eliminated.
If you’re concerned about gum disease, call Pure Dental Care to make an appointment. Every case is unique and after a careful evaluation, our dentists will be able to recommend the best course of action for you.Back to Periodontal Therapy Page