Your gum disease specialist in the Longview area offers solutions to chronic infection
When brushing and flossing your teeth, something you do not want to see is blood. Even the smallest amount of blood during oral hygiene practices means that gums are irritated. However, this problem is easily excused as “brushing too hard.” Similarly, some people brush off the problem of bad breath, tooth sensitivity, or general soreness in the mouth. All of these symptoms are indicative of gingivitis, the initial stage of gum disease. Obtaining treatment from your gum specialist in the Longview area at the earliest sign of problems facilitates the elimination of infection and reversal of symptoms.
Gum disease is a progressive problem that has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. In each of these stages, the relationship between teeth and gum tissue is at risk of damage. A break in the bond between these two oral structures can lead to serious dental problems such as tooth loss.
What gets in the way of oral balance is natural bacteria that live in the mouth. When we begin to notice symptoms like bad breath or bleeding gums, we are being notified by the body that something is not right within the mouth, the balance of oral bacteria has shifted. Typically, gums should look pink and shiny. Gums should also look “tight” against teeth. This tightness is a sign that teeth are receiving the stabilization they need for long lasting function.
If gums become sore, red, puffy, or bleed when brushing and flossing take place, professional dental treatment is needed. Your experienced dental team has several solutions for the problem of gum disease, all of which are performed in a way to facilitate patient comfort as well as a successful outcome. Dr. Bruyere is committed to patient comfort, and we work with patients to make gum disease treatment as comfortable and stress-free as possible, even incorporating sedation if necessary.
Gum disease is a problem that is treated based on severity. Ideally, we can address infection in gum tissue very early on, before bacteria have moved beneath the gum line. Deep cleanings are designed to remove plaque and bacteria from hard to reach places. This type of cleaning may, when necessary, move beneath the gums to address pockets that have formed around teeth. Scaling and root planing have been done for decades, and continue to successfully remove harmful bacteria and promote healing after the development of gum disease.
If gum disease has progressed into periodontitis, bone tissue in the jaw is at risk of infection. The more severe the problem, the more aggressive treatment becomes. In any case, we remain dedicated to your comfort and peace of mind. Dr. Bruyere and our hygienist carefully explain the details of gum disease with our patients, as well as treatment options.
Don’t let gum disease create problems in your smile. Contact us for your dental check-up today.