Are your gums sensitive? Do you notice bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth and gums? You may have gingivitis or gum inflammation. Inflammation is an early sign of periodontitis, also known as gum disease. Although gum disease is a very common dental problem, it can be highly damaging. If patients do not address their gum infection, they can experience gum recession and even permanent tooth loss.
At Wayne Family Dentistry, we offer periodontal disease treatment in our Wayne, PA dental office. Treating gum inflammation and gum disease helps restore the smile. Our professional dental team collaborates with patients to target their specific symptoms with the right dental solutions. Taking a comprehensive approach to treating gum infections helps prevent damage to the smile.
Signs of Gum Inflammation and Infection
Common symptoms of gingivitis and periodontitis are:
- Red or purple-tinged gums
- Swollen and irritated gums
- Bleeding when brushing and flossing
- Chronic bad breath (Halitosis)
- Pockets between the teeth and gums
Please let our dental office know if you have noticed any of these symptoms. We will work with you to find the areas of your smile that require treatment.
Treating Gum Disease
We offer deep cleanings and antibiotics to help remove bacteria buildup from the gums. Scaling and root planning are treatments that are used in tandem to remove plaque and tartar. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that collects on the gums. When it hardens, it becomes tartar, which is often more difficult to remove. Scaling treatment removes hardened plaque from and even beneath the gums. Root planing treatment removes plaque and tartar from the tooth roots. Both scaling and root planing help prevent gum recession and tooth loss.
Along with scaling and root planing, we will also often recommend antibiotic therapy. During this treatment, we apply a topical antibiotic to the gums. Over several days, the antibiotic slowly dissolves into the gums. Along with antibiotics and cleanings, we will also recommend regular dental visits. Our dental hygienists use special dental tools to clean the teeth and gums as well as prevent bacteria buildup. Schedule your dental appointments every six months for the best clean.
Reverse Symptoms of Gum Disease Today
Have you recently noticed changes in your gums? Call Wayne Family Dentistry at 610-347-5133. You can also request a dental appointment with our team on our website. If you have any further questions or concerns, let us know and we can help!