A healthy smile is about more than just pearly white teeth. If you have noticed that your gums are red, puffy, tender, or bleed when you brush your teeth, you may have the early stages of gum disease. At Knoxville Smiles at Malone & Costa Dentistry, your periodontal health is important to us. We offer several effective gum disease treatment options to our Knoxville, TN area patients, including prophylactic cleanings, scaling and root planing, and other solutions for reversing gum disease.
Why treat gum disease?
Gum disease is very common – in fact, over half of American adults have it to some degree. At its early stages, periodontal disease is called “gingivitis,” which is when it is easiest to treat. If left unchecked, though, gingivitis can progress to the more serious periodontitis and lead to a variety of issues not just for your smile, but also your entire body. Gum recession, loose teeth, and tooth loss can occur as gum disease progresses, and a growing body of research shows that gum disease is linked to serious health conditions such as heart attacks, diabetes, strokes, and certain types of cancers.
Gum disease treatment options
As you can see, the stakes are high when it comes to treating gum disease, and it is essential that you work with your dentist to restore health and vitality to your mouth. At Knoxville Smiles at Malone & Costa Dentistry, we take a personalized approach when it comes to treating gum disease – the right treatment option for each patient is different and depends on the stage of the disease they are at.
- Patients who want to get rid of gingivitis in its early stages can often achieve great results by ramping up their home care routine with diligent brushing and flossing and extra cleanings at our office to help keep plaque, bacteria, and tartar in check
- If you have deep pockets or areas where bacteria and tartar have infiltrated and begun to eat away at your gums, teeth, and other tissues, a deep-cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing is often advised; during this treatment, we numb the area and then remove the hardened tartar and bacterial plaques and then smooth the tooth roots to help your gums heal and re-seal against your teeth
- Some patients may also need topical or oral antibiotics to help fight the bacterial infection that is occurring in their gums
- If gum disease has caused a significant amount of gum recession around your teeth, we also offer gum grafting treatment to restore the shape of your gums and protect your tooth roots once the active disease is under control
If you suspect you have gum disease, it is best to seek a diagnosis and learn about your treatment options before it has a chance to progress into a much larger issue. With your customized care plan, we can help you reverse gum disease in the comfort of our warm and inviting office. Call Knoxville Smiles at Malone & Costa Dentistry today at (865) 426-1776 to schedule your evaluation!
Gum Disease Causes & Treatment Options
The 3 stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is caused by toxins irritating the gum line as a result of plaque buildup. Signs and symptoms of gingivitis includes swelling, sensitivity, and bleeding of the gums during brushing and flossing. Gingivitis can be easily reversed through professional care and good home oral hygiene. Periodontitis is categorized by irreversible bone loss that results from untreated gingivitis. The gums may begin to form a pocket below the gum line which traps food and plaque. Dental treatment and home care can help prevent from further damage, but at this stage, the results are not reversible. Advanced periodontitis is when the fibers and bones supporting the teeth destroyed. This may cause teeth to shift or loosen. Teeth may have to be removed depending on how advanced the disease has become and if treatments are not effective. You can begin by preventing gum disease with good oral health. Pick up a brochure or ask your dentist today.