Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums that surround and support your teeth. Gum disease is the leading cause of permanent tooth loss. It can also cause jawbone deterioration and an aged appearance.
Gum Disease Treatment in Decatur, AL
Many patients who are suffering from periodontal disease have no idea that they need gum disease treatment. You can protect yourself from gum disease by attending your regular checkups, where Dr. Teichmiller, Decatur dentist, will ensure that your gums are healthy.
If you show signs of inflammation, we can offer you state-of-the-art gum disease treatment. We provide non-surgical treatment for a noninvasive gum disease solution. Dr. Teichmiller may recommend:
- At-home periodontal trays
- Scaling and root planing in-office
- Antibiotic therapy
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum disease is the result of a buildup of plaque. This sticky film can be removed with diligent brushing and flossing, but it can also be stubborn. Plaque releases toxins that can ultimately damage the gums and teeth.
Periodontal disease includes two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease when gums become red and swollen. Periodontitis is more aggressive and can cause the teeth to become loose and fall out.
It is far easier to treat gingivitis with noninvasive, painless treatments before it progresses to periodontitis. In order to reverse periodontitis, you may need surgery and tooth replacement.
Any patient can contract gum disease, but some individuals are more prone to the disease than others. Some risk factors include:
- Smoking or using tobacco
- Some prescription medications
- Crooked teeth
Potential Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
It is possible to have gum disease without any obvious symptoms. However, some symptoms that might indicate periodontal disease include:
- Gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
- Gums that are receding from the teeth
- Permanent teeth that are becoming loose or growing further apart
- A change in bite or the fit of dentures
The OralDNA test is a salivary diagnostic test that allows Dr. Teichmiller to assess your condition with extreme precision. She can learn about the type and concentration of bacteria buildup that is affecting your gums. We recommend the painless OralDNA test to all patients, whether or not they are aware of a need for gum disease treatment.
To learn more about our gum disease treatment technology and methods, please give us a call in Decatur today.