Gum Treatments in Boynton Beach
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for one’s teeth. All structures 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.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum Disease, referred to as periodontal disease, is when the gums are inflamed and unhealthy, often leading to the gums to create a gap from the tooth in which tartar and plaque build. This leads to discomfort and extremely sensitive gums. Early Periodontal disease is often called Gingivitis. When your mouth simply has too many harmful bacteria, the outcome can be swollen, uncomfortable, and even bloody gums. Catching this problem early is critical in preventing further damage and even tooth-loss.
What Happens if Gum Disease is Left Untreated?
When untreated and allowed to worsen, gum disease can lead to receding gums which ultimately can result in exposure of the tooth’s root. Additional infection can only worsen the problem and the subsequent pain. If caught early enough, our experienced team can assist in eliminating diseased gum tissue and creating healthy tissue. Furthermore, using antibacterial solutions we can directly attack and treat any bacterial infections that have occurred due to the periodontal disease.
What Irritates Gum Disease?
- Poor Dental Hygiene
- Poor Diet
- Hormones (particularly in women)
Signs of Unhealthy Gums
Signs of unhealthy periodontium include: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these may be a sign of a problem. With proper gum treatments, however, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. If you’re having a problem, come in and see us so we may treat it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing 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. This is why it is important to have it treated at the first sign of a problem.
Treating Gum Disease
While each case of gum disease is different, our dentists and staff often curate a unique and personalized treatment plan for your specific situation. The first step is implementing more frequent cleanings and the ability to monitor the state of your gums more frequently. Scaling is also a common treatment, which involves the non-surgical removal of tartar from your teeth/gums. In some cases, root planing may be required as well. Root planing is the process of helping the gum tissues reattach to the teeth by smoothing the surface of your tooth’s root. If all of these methods fail, you may need to see a periodontist, which is a gum expert, who can further advise on other options of treatment, such as surgery.