Gingivitis & Periodontitis
Periodontal (Gum) Treatment
Do you have bleeding or pain when you brush or floss your teeth? Did you know that any time your gums bleed it is an indication that something is wrong? Even though some people think it is normal to for their gums to bleed, it is actually an indication that you have a serious infection. Periodontal (gum) disease is preventable and can be reversible in its early stages.
Gum or periodontal disease, also referred to as gingivitis, is a condition which occurs as a result of bacterial growth in the mouth and if not treated may lead to the teeth loss and gums destruction.
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
The symptoms people experience from gum disease can vary widely from person to person. Some of the most common symptoms are:
- Bleeding gums
- Painful gums
- Gum and/or bone recession
- Mobile teeth
- Bad breath
- Swollen gums
- Red gums
You may have all, or just a few, of these symptoms. If you do and they persist, it would be worth having your gums checked out by Dr. Burak Gokdeniz. At German Dental Center, we provide a full periodontal evaluation. After your exam, our dentists can discuss your condition and necessary treatment that can help get you back on track to excellent health.
How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?
Gum disease can be prevented by keeping plaque under control – this is achieved with the help of professional dental cleanings at least once every six months and daily flossing and brushing. Rinsing teeth with the antibacterial mouthwash also helps reduce the bacteria inside the mouth.
As for the treatment – there are surgical and nonsurgical procedures, depending on the stage of the disease. Nonsurgical treatment includes scaling and root planning, which is basically a procedure of deep-cleaning above and below gum line scraping away plaque and smoothing down the rough spots on the tooth root.
The same plaque and tartar “cleaning” may be done surgically once the disease has passed the early stage. Surgical treatment may also include partial bone or tissue replacement. Either way, it requires a dental professional to evaluate the gum condition and choose the proper treatment for the patient.
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