There are different treatments for gum disease, but they all fall under the category of periodontal therapy. Some are a surgical restoration and restructuring of the teeth and gums. Others are more basic and part of general dentistry. The approach by a dentist depends on your level of gum disease.
Gum Infection Treatment
A simple gum infection or gingivitis can be handled by practicing good oral hygiene and a quick trip to a dental hygienist. At the dentist, you may be prescribed a specialized mouth rinse or medication to assist in this endeavor. Good oral hygiene consists of brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily or after meals. When your gums are infected, though good oral hygiene might be painful, it is especially important. The reason your gums are tender, swollen, bleeding or receding is because you have not been practicing good oral hygiene.
Once your gums get to the stage of periodontitis, your condition is almost irreversible. The bacterial toxins in these little receding, gum line pockets have left the roots of your teeth exposed to decay, and as this disease progresses, the interconnecting tissue will eventually let go.
Scaling and Root Planing
In the early stages of gum disease or infection, the recommended annual cleaning is enough as a preventive care solution alongside good oral hygiene. A dental hygienist gently scrapes away the plaque and tartar that have built up in those especially hard to reach places and identifies where you need to pay more attention in caring for your mouth. Your dentist will recommend you schedule appointments more often if your condition is more serious.
Infected gums or teeth, painful or not, are a health risk. Strokes, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers are linked to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can be costly to fix cosmetically or treat with root canals. Fortunately, whether you need a cleaning or more comprehensive treatment, our office in Charlotte accepts most insurance and has patient financing options. Your annual checkup and cleaning are covered. Contact South Blvd Dentistry to make an appointment, and if you believe it is an emergency, ask if you can get same day urgent care scheduled.