Gum Disease Treatment
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an infection of the gums caused by a buildup of bacteria. If left untreated, this infection can spread to your teeth and jawbone to the point that they are unable to be saved. Periodontal disease is caused by plaque that hardens into tartar, which cannot be removed with proper dental equipment. The earlier stage is called gingivitis, which means that the gums are swollen and bleeding. The later stage is periodontitis, when more serious symptoms start affecting your teeth and mouth. Millions of Americans suffer from some level of gum disease. Luckily, periodontal disease can be treated at either of our practices in Florissant and Chesterfield.
Symptoms and Effects of Periodontal Disease
- Consistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
- Swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Red or purple gums
- Bleeding gums
- Teeth sensitivity
- Receding gums (making teeth look longer)
- Loose teeth
- Discomfort or pain while chewing
- Spaces between teeth
- Change in bite
- Pus between teeth
Gum Disease Treatment
Dr. Buchheit can treat gum disease and reign in the infection. The first thing he will recommend is great oral hygiene at home, meaning improved brushing and flossing habits. You may receive gum disease treatment in the form of a deep cleaning. During deep cleanings, the dentist or dental assistants scrape the tartar from the teeth and get rid of any bacteria around the teeth. A laser may be used for lessened discomfort during this gum disease treatment.
Medications and surgeries are more serious forms of gum disease treatment. Medications that may be administered for gum disease treatment include prescription mouthrinse, antibiotic gels, oral antibiotics, and enzyme suppressants. If the periodontal disease is advanced, surgery may become necessary so that you can find relief from your gum disease symptoms. This gum disease treatment may involve removing the tartar deposits that exist in deep pockets in your gums. Another way to treat gum disease with surgery is by utilizing tissue or bone grafting so that the gum tissue can regenerate more effectively.
If you suspect you may have gum disease, come see Dr. Buchheit for an exam. He has various gum disease treatment options that can alleviate your pain and protect your teeth if you are in the Chesterfield area, from Creve Coeur to Town and Country.