At Reedy Creek Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Raleigh, NC dentist Dr. Emily Ann Reece helps patients address their restorative dental goals. Dr. Reece treats gingivitis, or gum inflammation, as well as periodontitis, or gum disease. Brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist biannually is essential for keeping your gums healthy. Call 919.346.0846 or request a consultation with Dr. Reece on our website if you have noticed symptoms like gum swelling or bleeding when you brush or floss.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
There are many signs of gum disease to be aware of:
- Swollen gums
- Bad breath (Halitosis)
- Bleeding gums
- Mouth sores
- Gum swelling
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
Contact our office immediately if you have noticed any of these signs. We want to help you get the care you need before symptoms worsen.
Treating Gum Disease
There are a variety of treatment options for patients at all stages of gum disease. We may refer you to a periodontist depending on your specific needs. Some common treatments include:
Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and root planing are used in tandem to fight gum inflammation and clean beneath the gums. For scaling treatment, the dentist removes plaque and tartar above and below the gum line for a deep clean. Root planing smooths out tooth roots to help the gums reattach to natural teeth.
Gum graft surgery: During this treatment, a dentist takes mouth tissue from one area and then uses it to cover tooth roots. Gum grafting can prevent tooth loss that is common in later stages of periodontitis.
Flap surgery: Flap surgery lifts the gums so that a dentist can clean tartar and deep gum pockets effectively.
Antibiotics: Patients who take antibiotics can help remove bacteria that cause infection. This option is best for patients who do not have a severe gum infection.
Gum Disease FAQs
Can periodontal disease go away on its own?
No. You can not stop gum disease unless you go to the dentist. Although gingivitis has the potential of disappearing with excellent oral hygiene, the more advanced stages of gum disease need to be addressed at the dentist’s office.
Are periodontal treatments painful?
No. You will be under local anesthesia so that you won’t feel pain during your treatment. Most treatments for gum disease are non-invasive, meaning that you will not need gum surgery. Treatment for bleeding gums can include a deep gum cleaning, comparable to a massage for your gums.
Will I lose my teeth if I have gum disease?
If gingivitis progresses, it can cause irreversible damage to the teeth and gums. Your gums may recede which causes teeth to become loose and fall out. At the first sign of gingivitis, please go to our office for a cleaning.
Can children develop gum disease?
Children with poor oral hygiene or high rates of tooth decay are much more susceptible to developing gum disease. You can prevent this by visiting the dentist with your child. As a family dentist, we welcome patients of all ages to our office.