Gum Disease Treatment

We at AK Global Dent also practice Laser dentistry for all gum related problems, which is a precise and effective way to perform many dental procedures. Laser improves the potential of dental procedures by giving the ability to the clinician to control power output and the duration of exposure on the tissue (whether gum or tooth structure), allowing treatment of a highly specific area of focus without damaging surrounding tissues.

What Is Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Periodontal (Gum) disease is an infection of the tissues supporting and surrounding the teeth. It is mainly caused by the accumulation of bacteria from food debris & dental plaque that inflames and damages the gums. This chronic infection attacks below the gum line where it breaks down the attachment of the tooth and its supporting tissues.

Causes

Several factors increase the risk of developing gum diseases, the most common of which include tobacco smoking and chewing, systemic illnesses like diabetes, hormonal changes during pregnancy and menstruation, medications such as contraceptives and anticonvulsants, ill-fitting.

Prevention And Treatment

Regular dental check-ups and examinations are important because it is possible to have gum infections without the usual signs and symptoms. They may advance painlessly, exhibiting few evident signs even in the late phase of the disease. This explains the increased risk of losing one’s teeth.

Signs & Symptoms

Various indicators may point to some form of gum disease. Symptoms may include red, swollen and tender gums, pus and pockets between gums and teeth, receding gums, gums that bleed during or after brushing, flossing or eating hard food, loose, shifting or separating teeth, bad breath and persistent bad metallic taste in mouth, mouth sores, changes in the fit of dentures and the way the teeth fit during bites.

Periodontal diseases are classified according to the severity of the infection and are traditionally divided into two stages: Gingivitis and Periodontitis.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) is a fairly common infection that begins with the bacterial accumulation in the mouth. The buildup of plaque causes gums to become red and swollen and bleed easily. It is often a result of poor oral hygiene, inadequate nutrition and some other medical conditions

When left untreated, gingivitis can progress to Periodontitis.

Periodontitis

Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gingivitis where the severe infection erodes the supporting structures of the teeth. The progressive loss and destruction of the bones, teeth and gums weakens the attachments and loosens the teeth.

Prevention

  • Daily oral hygiene like brushing, flossing and regular use of an antiseptic mouthwash is critical in preventing of gum diseases.
  • Use fluoridated toothpastes and replace toothbrushes once every one to three months
  • Avoid frequent consumption of foods and liquids that contain high amounts of sugar.
  • Drinking plenty of water can help reduce inflammation by producing more saliva which in turn dilutes toxins from plaque.
  • Regular visits to the dentist and dental scaling and cleaning will help identify and address the risk and occurrence of infections.
  • Progressive stages of the disease may call for more intensive treatments.