Periodontitis, or gum disease, is caused by harmful bacteria that build on and around the gums. Gum disease begins as gum inflammation, which is also known as gingivitis. Gingivitis causes bleeding and swelling in the gums. Gum disease can develop quickly, so it is important to receive treatment before gingivitis worsens.
Signs of Gum Disease and Inflammation
Look out for these signs of gingivitis and periodontitis:
- Irritated and swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Gum sensitivity
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
- Bone loss
Please let us know if you have recently noticed symptoms of either gum inflammation or gum disease. We will help you get the care you need as soon as possible.
Treatments for Gum Disease
The most common treatments for gum inflammation and disease are:
- Antibacterial Rinses: Antibacterial rinses can be used at routine dental appointments to treat mild forms of gingivitis. These rinses wash away harmful bacteria and combat gum disease.
- Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and root planing are treatments used together and performed at routine dental visits. Our dental hygienists use special dental tools to perform these treatments. Scaling uses a metal tool to remove plaque, a film of bacteria, from around the gums. Root planing removes plaque and bacteria from the tooth roots and helps keep the roots attached to the gums.
- Gum Surgery: Dr. Carraway may refer patients with severe gum disease to local oral surgeons for treatment. Gum surgery is often needed when a patient has deep gum pockets or an extensive infection. Dental surgery can help renew the gum tissue and restore health to both the teeth and gums.
Request a Dental Appointment
Have you noticed any of the signs of gum inflammation or periodontitis? Receive treatment to improve your gum health today at Carraway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Carraway or contact his office to make an appointment at 864.383.9711. Please let Dr. Carraway know if you ever have any questions. He will be happy to assist you.