Your Guide to Gum Disease

Gum Disease Treatment at Symmetry Dental

Healthy gums are essential for the overall success of your dental health. Gums are the foundation that helps keep your teeth healthy and secured in place. If you have untreated gum disease, the consequences could cause extensive damage to your smile.

Thankfully, Dr. Adatia employs several methods of periodontal care that can remove any infection and protect you from gum disease. Explore our guide to learn more about gum disease and its signs.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum (periodontal) disease is an infection in the gums caused by harmful bacteria. Plaque is a white film of bacteria that covers the surface of your tooth. When plaque isn’t removed, it builds up and hardens into tartar. Tartar is a sticky, white substance that causes pockets in the gums. 

These pockets caused by tartar can become deeper and infected if they’re not treated, causing gum disease. Periodontal disease can lead to pain, tooth loss, and many other harmful symptoms.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum disease, one of the most common oral health problems, can often be reversed when it’s identified and treated early. However, patients often don’t know the warning signs and neglect treatment, leaving them vulnerable to serious issues including gum recession and tooth loss.

To treat infected gums, it’s best to seek treatment as soon as signs of disease begin to appear. Some symptoms to look out for include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Red, swollen, and tender gums
  • Shifting or loose teeth
  • Widening gaps between teeth

Preventing Periodontal Disease

To protect your gums from periodontal disease, it’s important to keep up with good dental hygiene practices such as:

  • Daily brushing
  • Daily flossing
  • Regular visits to your dentist
  • Following your dentist’s instructions on hygiene care

If you notice any signs of gum disease, seek treatment right away to prevent the disease from getting worse. Prevention is possible if one pays close attention to the state of their mouth.

Osseous Surgery

To help repair and reduce the risk of damage from infection, Dr. Adatia may recommend osseous surgery. During this procedure, we’ll remove bacteria from the pockets caused by gum disease. We’ll also reduce the gum pocket size and repair any damaged bone as necessary. 

Osseous Grafts

If you’ve lost jawbone structure in an area that was affected by infection or tooth loss, osseous grafting can help restore some of the damage. This treatment stimulates bone growth in the area, restoring facial structure and protecting you from jaw injuries. 

Tissue Grafts

Similar to osseous grafting, tissue grafting is a procedure that restores lost gum tissue around the affected tooth. If your gum line has receded and it’s causing over-sensitivity or loose teeth, tissue grafts are an effective solution for keeping your teeth in place.

Keep Your Gums Clean With Symmetry Dental

If you need a dental cleaning and checkup, look no further than Symmetry Dental. Our dental team is here to help keep your teeth and gums healthy all year around. Together, we can help fight bacteria and keep your gums looking their best. Contact our Calgary, AB practice at (403) 271-2661 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Adatia.

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