Periodontal disease is a serious condition that affects the health of your smile. It is caused by bacteria in the mouth that cause plaque to form. This plaque hardens into tartar and irritates the gums, causing the tissue to recede from the teeth. As the disease progresses, it can destroy the gum tissue and underlying bone. This can lead to tooth loss.
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease is a serious infection that affects the gums and bones that support your teeth. It often causes the gum tissue to separate from the teeth, forming pockets that become infected.
Patients may experience the following symptoms:
- Bleeding gums
- Tenderness in the gums
- Release of pus
- Formation of an abscess
- Bad breath
- Receding gumline
- Loosened teeth and tooth loss
Diagnosis of periodontal disease
Periodontal disease can be diagnosed by your dentist in Albuquerque NM or dental hygienist during a routine visit. Your dentist will thoroughly examine your gums, teeth, and mouth for signs of gum disease.
How is periodontal disease treated?
There are several treatments available to treat periodontal disease. For mild cases, scaling and root planing may be enough to successfully treat the condition. The dentist may need to perform this treatment in more than one sitting, but many patients can have their periodontal disease managed with scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar buildup from the surface of the teeth and roots. Plaque and tartar buildup irritates the gum line and roots of teeth, causing gingivitis. Patients with periodontal disease should undergo scaling and root planing to remove these irritants.
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure. However, it may cause some bleeding of the gums. An antibiotic or prescription mouthwash may be prescribed following scaling and root planing.
Treating receding gums and gum recession
If you are suffering from gum recession, there are several treatment options available. The most common method is gingivoplasty, also known as gum grafting. During this procedure, our dentist will take tissue from the roof of the mouth or another donor and graft it to the gumline. This will cover the exposed tooth roots to prevent further recession.
To find out more about the dental services offered by our dentists Dr. Alicia Abeyta and Dr. Laura Snyder, call (505)-293-7611 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste. K, Albuquerque, NM, 87111.