Swollen and bleeding gums are often the beginning of bigger issues inside your mouth. Heeding these warning signs can help you head off problems with bacteria buildup that can lead to tooth loss. Dr. Patrick Peters, a trusted dentist at Family Dental Center, is an expert at gingivectomy in Frankfort, KY and periodontics treatments that can help save your teeth and your smile.
What Is Gingivitis?
Bacteria from plaque buildup can lead to gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums that is triggered by a bacterial infection. Unchecked, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, in which your gums separate from the teeth as well as an underlying ligament and even the jawbone; this leads to tooth loss. When gum tissue separates from teeth, it creates pockets that allow bacteria to build up and these pockets must be eliminated to halt gum disease.
A gingivectomy is an oral surgery to remove diseased tissue and pockets between teeth and gums. A local anesthetic is offered to numb the site and your dentist typically uses a laser to remove diseased tissue. Following surgery, your dentist may apply putty to your gums to help protect them while they heal.
Overall, periodontal surgery is uncomfortable but over-the-counter pain relievers with ibuprofen or acetaminophen are usually enough to manage the pain. Patients are typically back to themselves within a few weeks. Patients are typically very satisfied with the results of this treatment despite the minor discomfort.
Associated Health Risks
According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all Americans over age 30 have some form of periodontal disease. Periodontics treatment is essential to avoid tooth loss and additional health risks linked to gum disease, including causing and worsening conditions such as stroke, heart disease and diabetes.
Your best defense against gum disease is catching, and treating tooth or gum problems early. If you have swollen or bleeding gums, take action. Call our office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Peters.