Gum Disease: What You Should Know
- October 30, 2016
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria. You may have it if you are prone to bleeding during your teeth-brushing and flossing sessions. No, all that blood is NOT caused by brushing too hard, or anything like that.
Truth be told, gum disease is increasingly common, and most adults in this country will have experienced some level of gum disease in their lifetime. That’s crazy, right? The unfortunate thing is that people don’t always come into our Aventura, FL dentist’s office for treatment because they don’t feel enough pain in the early stages to alert them to the fact that something is wrong. That’s too bad because Dr. Bistritz has the tools and the training to easily reverse the damage while it is manageable!
Anyway, here’s how it happens: gum disease starts inauspiciously when the bacteria contained plaque begins to irritate the soft tissues that surround your pearly whites. As we mentioned, you may notice that your gums are red and swollen, or that they bleed easily. These signs characterize the early stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis. If you aren’t careful, things can get out of hand.
A Growing Problem
Undiagnosed (or untreated) gingivitis inevitably advances to periodontitis. At this nasty stage, your gums will begin to pull away from your teeth and form pockets where more bacteria can gather. This hidden bacteria will, in turn, ravage your bone and soft tissues. In the end, your teeth start to fall out, because there is no support system left to hold them in place. Sounds horrific, right? It is! Most adult tooth loss in the U.S. happens as the result of gum disease. But that does not have to be your fate if you are a regular visitor to the Aventura Dental Center.
You see, as we mentioned, early stage gum disease is completely reversible. No significant damage will have been done yet, so your regular professional teeth cleanings and heightened oral hygiene practices at home ought to be all it takes to restore your gums to a healthy, happy state.
That said, more advanced cases of gum disease usually require further measures. It all depends on what you are dealing with.
We may recommend deep cleaning (also known as “scaling and root planing”), the use of prescription antibiotics, and specific oral hygiene tools to treat advanced gum disease. Don’t worry, scaling and planing is much like the regular cleanings that you are used to. However, we will go deeper to also scrape away bacteria and toxins from the surfaces of the tooth roots.
We will also use special dental tools to polish the root surfaces in order to make it harder for bacteria to ever hide in those spaces.
In the event that these more conservative therapies fail to restore health to your gums, Dr. Bistritz can use gum grafts to protect the exposed teeth. This is when a small amount of tissue from your mouth or another source is removed and grafted onto your gums. Once healed, the grafted tissue becomes a normal part of your gums and solves the problem of receding gums.
As we’ve been saying, it is always in your best interest to keep regular appointments for dental checkups so that we can stay in-tune with your needs. Gum disease that is detected and treated early, won’t have any long-lasting impact on your life. The same can not be said for gum disease that is allowed to run wild!
Let Us Help!
Whether your gums are receding due to periodontal disease, neglect, or just in response to changes in your body, we can offer gum recession treatment to help your gums and teeth look more natural.
To schedule your next appointment for gum recession treatment, or if you have any questions about the procedure, call us at 786-681-1127 or contact our Aventura, FL dentist’s office online!
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