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Aftercare Tips For Periodontal Disease Treatment

Posted on 1/23/2023 by Ronald Watkins
Periodontitis is a gum disease that has advanced to serious levels. Its hallmark symptoms include tender gums, bleeding or red gums, bad breath, loose teeth, and receding gums. Periodontitis isn't curable, however, you and the dentist can manage it with proper oral care and maintenance programs. You will need good oral hygiene with regularly scheduled cleanings at timings determined by the dentist. Treatment of Periodontitis A dentist considers nonsurgical treatments at first, which include oral antibiotics aimed at fighting the infection and deep cleaning. In a deep cleaning, the dentist conducts scaling and root planning to help sweep away bacteria lodged deep underneath the gumline. The dentist smoothens out the teeth root to avert the further formation of plaque and bacteria. When periodontitis is severe, surgical treatments may include flap surgery to clean the teeth roots. A dental bone graft is needed if too much bone loss has occurred. Gum grafts help rebuild gums that have pulled away. Aftercare Tips Following the treatment of gum disease, you may encounter gum tenderness. Again, you may have pain and discomfort, which you can manage with painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications. If using medication does not eliminate the pain, make an effort to call our office. It is essential you rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm salt water. Since inflammation and tenderness contribute to pain, you should avoid things that worsen the situation. Steer clear of crunchy, hard, and spicy foods until you have the tenderness subside. Besides, brush your teeth twice daily even when the gums are slightly red or tender. You cannot allow bacteria to continue forming, so you have to ward them off with routine oral hygiene at home. As you adhere to the home care instructions that a dentist or dental hygienist has provided you, it is crucial you keep your recall appointments. That way, you will ensure the success of the gum disease treatment. Remember that, based on the kind of treatment you received, there may be additional aftercare instructions. Talk to our dentist regarding gum disease treatment and how you can hasten the healing process and avert a re-infection, which could present with much more damaging outcomes....
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Do Extractions Eliminate Gum Disease?

Posted on 1/9/2023 by Ronald Watkins
When you have gum disease that has advanced, you might think the only solution is to have your teeth removed to effectively alleviate the discomfort, bleeding, and inflammation. Since plaque and bacteria cannot attack tooth structures that aren't there, then you are safe, right? Not exactly. Stopping Gum Disease Progression Will tooth extraction stop the progression of gum disease? The short answer is no because gum disease wreaks havoc on the soft gingival tissue and bone structures that support your teeth. The loss of teeth does not exclude the risk of infection. It can spread and cause other teeth to become loose and fall out or need to be removed as well as jawbone deterioration if left untreated. It can also access the bloodstream and cause damage to your brain, heart, kidneys, gastrointestinal health, lungs, and other organs. Why Would Extractions Be Required? Periodontal disease in its severe stages may need a tooth extraction. When plaque, tartar, and bacteria become trapped in gum pockets, they destroy the bones and tissue, causing teeth to loosen. If a periodontist determines that these teeth are not viable anymore, they will need to be removed. Without a replacement of the teeth, the bone will deteriorate. If you want your new teeth to help you achieve your goals, you must first address your periodontal disease. Available Types of Treatment Having your teeth extracted isn't your only option. However, you may avoid this by taking the necessary precautions to maintain good dental health. Brushing, flossing, rinsing, and six-month dental examinations and cleanings are all part of maintaining your teeth. You may also require bone or gum grafting. Many people have to deal with gum disease, however, tooth extraction is not always the outcome. If you notice anything abnormal with the tissues in your mouth, you should get treatment as soon as you can. You can avoid serious treatments by opting for non-surgical options. Call us now to learn more about your gum disease treatment options!...
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What Stages of Gum Disease Can be Cured?

Posted on 12/19/2022 by Ronald Watkins
You might experience gum bleeding when brushing or flossing your teeth. Many assume that this results from applying too much pressure, but this is the first sign of gum disease. However, this occurs due to gum infection, which can lead to tooth loss. Gum disease is brought on by bacteria from plaque and tartar that accumulate over time due to poor oral hygiene practices. The infection has three stages, some of which are treatable, as discussed below: Gingivitis Gingivitis is the early stage of gum infection, and it is treatable. At this stage, treatment for gum disease can stop it from spreading. Your gums may swell, get red, or bleed when you floss or brush them if you have gingivitis. Before gingivitis grows into more serious symptoms, it is crucial to treat it. Periodontitis Gingivitis can progress to the next stage of gum disease called periodontitis if it is not treated. Plaque extends below the gum line and releases toxins that cause inflammation, leading to periodontitis. The gums may regress, and the spaces between the teeth may widen. Gums separating from your bottom or top teeth may be a sign of this. The effects of infection could start to weaken the bone and loosen your teeth. Advanced Periodontitis At the advanced stage, your teeth may loosen more as your periodontitis progresses. You might also experience tooth loss, bone loss, temperature sensitivity, and gum swelling. The infection can endanger your smile and overall health because it can get into your bloodstream. Your dentist will develop a personalized treatment plan to cure the infection and restore your smile. Gum grafting is one of the treatments they could employ to get your oral health back on track. If you've lost any teeth, the infection must be treated before you can get new tooth replacements....
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