How do I know if I have Periodontal Disease?
When your gum disease is first developing it may be hard to tell. This is one reason why it is so important to keep up with regular dentist visits. We can tell you if your gums are irritated or infected before you even notice it. Gum disease normally starts in the form of gingivitis. At this stage, you may notice that your gums are bleeding when you brush your teeth or floss. You may also notice that your gums look like a brighter red color, and they could begin swelling. As your gingivitis develops into periodontitis, you may experience more gum swelling, gum receding, a metallic taste in your mouth, loose teeth, bad breath, tooth abscesses, and eventually tooth loss. If you are experiencing any number of these symptoms, you should visit our periodontics office as soon as possible for a diagnosis.
Can a general dentist treat my gum disease or do I have to see a periodontist?
Every dentist is educated on the basics of diagnosing and treating gum disease. You could see a general dentist, but should visit a dentist who has extensive training in gum development, care, and disease and how gum disease affects your entire dental structure. Our practice revolves around gum treatment, so you can be confident that we are up to date and experienced in the best treatment methods available. If you have advanced periodontal disease, we would encourage you to visit our periodontics office immediately for help. When you come in, we will examine your teeth and gums, take x-rays and perform a deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from under the surface of your gums. As a result, your gums will be able to return to good health, often without the need for additional treatments.
Can a periodontist fix the damage that was caused by periodontal disease?
Yes, we are thoroughly trained on cosmetic procedures that will correct a damaged smile. If your gums have receded due to periodontal disease, we can perform a gum graft to restore them. If you have lost any teeth because of periodontal disease, we can provide permanent and attractive dental implants. We can also perform other treatments to cover tooth roots, to improve shaping and contouring, and to lengthen or shorten teeth that look out of place due to effects of periodontal disease. A visit to our periodontics office can drastically improve your dental structure and appearance.
We hope this article has helped you learn more about periodontal disease and procedures we can offer to improve your smile. If you need comprehensive care for your gum disease, visit our periodontics office today.