Dealing with red, inflamed, or bleeding gums? Do you have gum pain or issues with the gum tissue that seem to have come out of nowhere?
It’s always recommended to see a dentist right away if you’re concerned that gum problems are developing, but most gum issues can be identified with the regular biannual checkups.
Depending on the specific problem, different gum treatments will be recommended.
What Gum Treatments Are Necessary?
Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease. It can be treated with a deep cleaning and an improvement to daily dental hygiene, such as flossing, using an electric toothbrush, and/or using a water flosser to get to hard-to-reach places in the back of the mouth.
If gingivitis is not treated, it can progress into periodontal disease, which requires much more intensive treatment.
These are signs that gum treatment might be necessary:
- Red or inflamed gums
- Bleeding from the gums
- Receding gums
- Sensitive or loose teeth
- Pain or sensitivity in the mouth
What Kinds of Gum Treatments Are Available at the Dentist?
If removing tartar buildup through a deep cleaning, or root scaling, isn’t enough to make a difference, laser treatment or flap surgery may be necessary. This is defined by lifting back the gums to clean the tartar that has built up just above the gum line.
If loose teeth are a problem due to receding gums, a bone or tissue graft may be necessary. With this procedure, a dentist removes tissue from one part of the mouth and grafts it to the area that is overexposed.
What Is the Best Gum Treatment for Me?
Contact Dison Family Dentist today to set up a consultation and learn more about what your options in gum treatment might be. We’re available to treat gum problems, from gingivitis to periodontal disease, and help you maintain healthy dental hygiene along the way. Call now.