Your pearly whites usually steal the thunder when it comes to oral health. You know how to brush and floss your teeth and use an antibacterial mouthwash to keep germs at bay. Your gums are the lesser-known, but just as valuable, player in the game of good health!
The milder version of gum disease is gingivitis, and stepping up your oral hygiene routine can prevent it from progressing into advanced gum disease, or periodontitis. Left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and other medical problems. This happens when plaque spreads and grows beneath the gum line. Over time, inflammation causes the tissues and the bones supporting the teeth to break down.
Signs you may have periodontitis:
There are surgical procedures that your dentist or periodontist can do to help eliminate infection in your gums and help you restore your teeth support. Gingival flap surgery is a common procedure and is done as an outpatient treatment. The infected material will be removed, as well as plaque and tartar and your bone defects may be eliminated by contouring the edges of the bone. The gums will be put back up around the teeth using stitches.
If you suffer from advanced gum disease, take heart! We can help you get your oral health back on track. Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns at 719-591-0750.