Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? If you have excessive bleeding, you may have a problem.
Periodontics involves the supporting structures and tissues surrounding the teeth, such as gums. Inflammatory disease can destroy the gums and other tooth-supporting structures. At Ackerman Towson Family Dentistry, we specialize in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
What is Periodontitis?
Periodontitis is a severe gum infection that damages the tissue. Without treatment, it can cause serious health complications. It can lead to tooth loss and destroy the bone that supports your teeth.
Periodontitis is very common for people between the ages of 15 to 35, but can be avoided by following the simple steps of preventative dentistry. If it is too late for you there is hope. We have procedures that can correct periodontal neglect if you catch it in the beginning stages.
What Are the Symptoms?
Painful, red, bleeding gums. You can usually tell when something is wrong with your teeth or gums. If something doesn’t look and feel right, it might be a good idea to come in for an evaluation.
What Causes Periodontitis?
Did you know that you shouldn’t only brush your teeth? You should also brush your gums. Doing so and regular checkups with your dentist can help prevent periodontitis.
Improper or infrequent brushing and flossing can cause excess plaque and tartar to build up. Untreated buildup can progress down between your gums and teeth, a difficult area to reach and clean. Once the buildup mineralizes beneath the gums, it can no longer be treated by brushing.
Advanced Periodontitis stages include:
- Gum recession
Your tooth is more sensitive the closer it is to the root. As gums can recede, tooth-sensitivity increases
- Gums not adhering to your teeth
This happens when a pocket forms where more plaque and bacteria build-up. This causes tooth decay, loosening teeth, and affects the jaw bone structure.
- Compromised jaw bone structure
Once the infection reaches an advanced stage, it attacks the bone structure. Teeth loosen and decay.
Reach Out to Ackerman Towson Family Dentistry Before It’s Too Late
Once periodontitis reaches a certain stage, it cannot be cured. We can slow it down and control it. It’s important that you set an appointment as soon as possible.
There Are Many Ways We Can Help
We specialize in prevention first, then diagnosis and treatment. Treatment options include:
- Deep cleaning
A deep cleaning is often the best first step for treatment. After treatment, your mouth will feel cleaner, and your teeth and gums will feel and look better.
Periodontitis might mean some necessary tooth extraction. Implants provide a support structure for new prosthetic teeth which replace the extracted teeth.
The Sooner You Start Treatment, the Better
Dr. Ackerman and Dr. Towson are here to help you. Call to arrange a consultation today. We’ll help you prevent periodontitis. If your gums are already in advanced stages, we’ll get you the quality care you need.
Beautiful teeth make a happy smile, but don’t forget about your gums!