Poor oral care habits can lead to an infection of your gums and teeth, aka gum disease. In its early stages, gum disease is known as gingivitis. Left unchecked, gingivitis can progress to advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis. If you’re having problems with swollen, bleeding gums or painful teeth, contact Hebron Smiles in Carrollton, Texas, for a consultation. You may be in need of gum disease treatment.
Gum disease is a bacterial infection caused primarily by plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. Plaque can accumulate on your teeth if you do not brush and floss daily or schedule routine dental cleanings. Over time, this plaque will harden into tartar and become a breeding ground for bacteria. The spread of bacteria can lead to decay, tooth infections, gingivitis, and eventually periodontitis.
Some symptoms you may experience if you have gum disease are:
Upon visiting our clinic, Dr. Adnan Saleem will perform a thorough oral exam to determine if you have gum disease and the severity of your condition. Gum disease treatment is designed to curtail the spread of the disease and prevent further damage to your teeth.
Non-surgical treatments entail deep-cleaning your teeth and gums, particularly around the roots of your teeth, to remove plaque and tartar and prevent the spread of harmful bacteria. Follow-up visits may be needed to keep the area free of disease.
For advanced gum disease, Dr. Saleem may recommend surgical procedures to remove pockets of bacteria along the gum line, regenerate damaged tissue and restore bone loss. Soft tissue grafts may be needed to protect teeth where bone is exposed due to damage caused by periodontal disease.
If you suffer from gum disease, contact Dr. Adnan Saleem at Hebron Smiles in Carrollton, TX, for comprehensive gum disease treatment. Working with a specialist in this area can help save your teeth and restore them to health. To schedule a consultation, call us today at (972) 388-3320.