Periodontal (Gum Disease) Treatment
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for your teeth. These structures together are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth or recession, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these signs may mean something is wrong. With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return them to a healthy state. This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planning done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction, or referral to a periodontist. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.
Regular cleanings, checkups, X-rays, and other preventative procedures are imperative to prevent problems from occurring in the future. Prevention is the key to dentistry!