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Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is caused by a bacterial infection in the gums and can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. If you develop any signs of periodontal disease such as bleeding gums, it is important to see a dentist for treatment as soon as possible. At Hill-Davis Dental Group in Lubbock, TX, Dr. Jimmy Hill and Dr. Camie Davis are your dentists for gum disease treatment!
Causes of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is caused by a bacterial infection, a condition that begins when bacteria that has become trapped in the grooves and crevices on the surfaces of teeth. Trapped bacteria that is not cleaned away eventually leads to the development of plaque and tartar buildup, both of which can lead to gingivitis (an early stage of periodontal disease). If the gingivitis isn't treated, full-blown periodontal disease comes next.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
There are several signs and symptoms associated with periodontal disease, and if you notice any of these signs, contact our Lubbock office to schedule an appointment. Remember, the sooner you seek treatment, the easier and quicker treatment will be! Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Sensitive gums that bleed easily
- Loose or missing teeth
- Severe toothaches
- Receding Gums
- Chronic bad breath
Treatment for Periodontal Disease
There are many ways the dentist can stop the spread of periodontal disease and restore the health of your gums:
- Antibiotics and antimicrobials can be used to clear away lingering bacteria to prevent periodontal disease from progressing.
- Scaling to remove plaque and tartar build up below the gum line
- Root planing to remove signs of infection so that gum tissue can heal and reattach to the teeth where it has come loose.
Concerned about Gum Disease? Give Us a Call!
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hill or Dr. Davis, contact Hill-Davis Dental Group's Lubbock office at (806) 793-0651.
If you've undergone treatment for periodontal (gum) disease, you know how involved it can be. After several sessions of plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) removal, your swollen, red gums finally begin to regain their healthy pink color.
But with gum disease, the battle may be over but not necessarily the war. If we don't remain vigilant, there's a high chance you'll experience a re-infection.
That's why periodontal maintenance (PM) is so important for gum disease patients after treatment. Plaque, the thin film of bacteria and food particles responsible for the infection, can grow again on your tooth surfaces as it did before. You'll have to practice diligent, daily brushing and flossing to curb that development.
But it's also important to keep up regular dental visits for advanced cleaning to remove hard to reach plaque and calculus. For most people that's usually twice a year, but for gum disease patients it could be up to four times a year, especially just after treatment. And there's more to these visits than cleaning.
Since our goal is to reduce the chances of re-infection as much as possible, we'll thoroughly examine your teeth, gums and any implants for signs of disease (we'll also include an oral cancer screening). We want to assess the health of your teeth and gums and to see how well you're doing hygiene-wise with plaque control.
If we find signs of gum disease, we'll discuss this with you and schedule a new round of treatment. The sooner we initiate treatment, the better your outcome. In some cases, we may perform procedures that make it easier to access and clean areas where plaque tends to build up.
Overall, we want to prevent the occurrence of any future disease and treat it as soon as possible if it re-occurs. Keeping up diligent PM will help ensure your gums continue to stay healthy.