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Gum Disease Treatment to Help Restore Your Oral Health


Young black man smiling with blue backgroundGum disease is a common oral health problem that affects many people. However, despite it being common, it can greatly interrupt your life. To start with, gum disease infection causes a wide range of dental issues, including irritation and swelling of the gums, pain, bad breath, and unsightly gums.

The infection can also easily spread to other parts of your mouth, mostly the jawbone, where it can cause extensive damage that can result in tooth loss. Fortunately, gum disease can be managed. At Gwinnett Dental Implant & Periodontal Center, we offer several solutions that help to treat control the condition and fix the damage it has already caused.

How does Gum Disease Infection Occur?


Gum disease is a condition that occurs in progressive stages. It starts with a bacterial infection, which spreads to the gum where it attacks the gum tissue. This first stage is referred to as gingivitis and is usually unnoticeable until symptoms such as bleeding and delicate gums start to appear.

The bacterial infection that characterizes this first stage is usually from poor oral hygiene, which allows the bacteria to build up. These bacteria then interact with food particles stuck in the mouth, producing toxins and acids that attack the gum tissue – hence the infection. The inflammatory response to the toxins created can also trigger or heighten the severity of the infection.

If gingivitis is not treated, the disease then progresses to periodontitis, where it causes more damage to the gum tissue. The infection can also spread to the jawbone, where the damage to the bone tissue can cause the jawbone to deteriorate and shrink.

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Disease


Patients suffering from gum diseases should seek immediate dental care to avoid the spread of the infection. The following signs and symptoms can help you to detect the condition:
•  Abnormally red gums
•  Tender gums that become swollen
•  Bad breath that persists for a long time
•  Receding gums
•  Pockets between the gums and teeth
•  Bleeding after brushing or flossing
•  Pus around the gums and teeth
•  Weak teeth

Gum Disease Treatment


Gum disease treatment involves stopping the spread of the infection, treating the symptoms, and remedying the damage caused to the teeth, gums, and jawbone. The treatment varies from one patient to another, depending on how far the infection has spread. However, some of the treatment solutions we can offer you when you visit us include:
•  Professional cleaning to get rid of dental plaque and tartar
•  Scaling and root planing to get rid of oral bacteria that are stuck between the gums and the roots of the teeth
•  Antibiotic medication to kill the bacterial infection
•  Gum surgery procedures such as gum graft, gum lift, and pocket reduction to restore the shape and appearance of the gums
•  Bone grafting procedure to replace the damaged bone tissue

Gum disease treatments might also include other dental treatments such as Dental Implants to replace teeth that have been damaged or lost due to the infection.

Gum Disease Prevention Measures and Dental Examinations


While there are available treatments for gum disease, preventing the condition in the first place is a better idea, and it can help to spare you a lot of money and misery. Below are some tips on how you can prevent gum disease:
•  Regular brushing and flossing of your teeth to prevent bacteria buildup
•  Application of mouthwash to kill bacteria
•  Regular dental appointments – this will help to identify the potential risk of gum disease, or detect the condition at its onset, thus allowing for faster treatment.

Have you noticed any signs of gum disease? Do not delay in getting in touch with us. Call us, Gwinnett Dental Implant & Periodontal Center, at (470) 222-8983 to schedule an appointment.

Gwinnett Dental Implant & Periodontal Center


Dr. Melody J. Schiffer &
Dr. M. Forest Butler



(470) 222-8983

320 Killian Hill Road NW
Lilburn, GA 30047-3809


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