Gum disease can be easily overlooked, though it can cause bad breath, pain, and even lead to tooth loss.
Luckily, our dentists can detect and treat gum disease to reverse it or prevent any further damage.
Learn to spot the warning signs of gum disease and we can treat it at River City Dental in Chattanooga, TN.
What Is Gum Disease?
Symptoms of Gum Disease
The warning signs of periodontal disease can be hard to detect in the early stages. Some of the common symptoms include:
- Red and tender gums
- Swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Receding gumline
- Bleeding gums, especially when brushing or flossing
- Dental pain
- Difficulty chewing or biting down
Let's Keep Your Gums and Teeth Healthy Schedule a Consultation at River City Dentistry
If you have any symptoms of gum disease, visit us at River City Dentistry for a thorough consultation and exam. Our dentists use the latest technology and techniques to identify any issues with your oral health. If you're experiencing gum disease, we will walk you through the different treatments to keep your teeth healthy and help you return to daily life with a big smile.
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Causes of Gum Disease
Poor oral hygiene is the primary leading cause of gum disease, but other risk factors include:
- Smoking and use of tobacco products
- Taking certain medications
- A weakened immune system
- Family history of gum disease
- Hormonal changes (i.e., pregnancy, menopause, etc.)
- Age (higher risk for patients 40 and older)
If one or more of these risk factors apply, you should schedule an appointment with River City Dentistry. Our dentists use the latest technology and techniques to detect and treat periodontal disease.
Stages of Gum Disease
Gingivitis is a common but mild form of gum disease that involves red, swollen, or bleeding gums. Gingivitis may be treated with regular professional cleanings, dental checkups, brushing, and flossing. Many patients may experience little to no discomfort from gingivitis, which may lead them to believe it's harmless. However, leaving gingivitis untreated can lead to periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease with lasting consequences.
Periodontitis begins when bacteria deposit plaque below the gumline and release toxins in the area. The body responds, and the immune system attacks the area to get rid of the bacteria. The immune system destroys surrounding tissue in the process, leaving pockets in the gums that can become infected. As it progresses, the gums are pulled away from the teeth, which can weaken or loosen teeth to the point of falling out.
Nonsurgical Treatment for Periodontal Disease
During this procedure, Dr. Armstrong will numb the gums and surrounding tissues with a topical or local anesthetic. If you need stronger sedation due to dental sensitivity, he can provide nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation. Once you are comfortable, he will use a handheld scaling device or ultrasonic instrument to remove unhealthy bacteria from the base of the tooth and below the gumline.
Dr. Armstrong will then use a root planing handheld device to smooth the root surface of a tooth and eliminate pockets of inflammation and infection within the gum tissue. This step helps the gum tissue reattach to the base of the tooth to prevent food and bacteria from getting trapped. Once the procedure is completed, he may apply a topical antibiotic to treat any additional infection.
Surgical Treatments & Other Options We Prioritize Your Oral Health
For patients who require more intensive treatment, such as gum grafting, we can refer you to a trusted oral surgeon in the Chattanooga area.
Our dentists will do everything they can to save a tooth, but in some cases, we must remove teeth to prevent further damage in the area. We will numb the area so you feel virtually no pain, and we also offer sedation. In most cases, we recommend a dental implant and crown to complete your dazzling new smile. Implants offer a host of benefits over traditional bridges, and we can complete all stages of the treatment in-office.
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