Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue that often begins as gum inflammation or gingivitis. As gum inflammation progresses, it can easily become periodontitis, also known as gum disease. At Perfect Smiles, we offer periodontal disease treatment to our patients in Bensalem, PA, and the surrounding areas. Teeth do not have stability or structure without the support of the gums. Professional gum disease treatments help restore oral health to our patients.
Signs of Gum Disease
Common signs of gum disease include:
- Gum sensitivity and inflammation
- Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
- Receding gums
- Bright red or purple-tinged gums
- Bad breath (Halitosis)
- Gum pockets
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, please call our office for a dental exam. We will help you find the appropriate treatment that fits your needs. It is important to visit the dentist to prevent gum disease from progressing. Over time, periodontitis can lead to gum recession and tooth loss.
Treating and Preventing Gum Disease
There are a number of treatments that recommend with patients who are developing symptoms of gum disease:
For patients who have deep gum pockets, we will recommend antibiotic therapy. For this treatment, we place antibiotic mediation in gum pockets that form as a result of periodontitis. We will often provide antibiotics as well as surgery for patients with severe cases of gum disease.
Scaling and Root Planing
Used in tandem, scaling and root planing are treatments that help remove the harmful bacteria that inflame the gums. Our dental hygienists can use thin metal dental tools to perform these treatments. During scaling treatment, our hygienists remove plaque and tartar from and beneath the gums. Root planing removes plaque and tartar buildup from the tooth roots. This smooths the roots and helps them reattach to the gums.
Using the pinhole technique, we can improve the gum line and reverse gum recession caused by periodontitis. To begin, we numb the mouth and create a small hole in the gum tissue. Through this hole, we can gently loosen the tissue and use it to cover the tooth roots. When compared to other gum grafting methods, pinhole gum surgery has a success rate of about 90 percent.
Request a Dental Consultation Today
Are you experiencing gum pain or sensitivity? Contact our office for a routine dental visit by calling 215-770-1081. You may also schedule a dental appointment with our team on our website. Please let us know about any sudden changes in the health of your teeth and gums. We will help find the best solution for you.