Gum disease is relatively painless, so most people don’t even know when they have it. Fortunately, you can easily spot gum disease by watching for these symptoms:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily and regularly
- Gums that have receded from your teeth
- Visible white spots or plaque on your gums
- Mouth sores
- Loosening or separating teeth
- Noticeable change in the way your teeth fit together
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
If you have any of these gum disease symptoms, we strongly encourage you to make a dentist appointment today. Brident can diagnose and treat mild to severe gum disease with a variety of methods including deep cleaning, local antibiotics and gum surgery.
Brident’s gum treatment usually begins with a non-surgical deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing (SRP), which removes plaque and tarter from your teeth (both above and below your gum line). We also use an antibacterial liquid to treat and protect your gums.
The ultimate goal of our deep cleaning procedure is to help your gums reattach to your teeth by providing them with a clean surface. Our deep cleaning procedure also helps protect your gums from the return of plaque and tarter.
Sometimes a longer-lasting antibiotic is necessary. At Brident, we use a powerful antibiotic called Arestin® to kill harmful bacteria found in your gums. Arestin is applied directly on your gums in the form of a powder, and it continues to kill bacteria for up to three weeks after the deep cleaning procedure.
Non-surgical deep cleaning treatment is usually successful in restoring gum health. However, gum surgery may be required in cases where the gums are severely unhealthy or have started to separate from the teeth.
During gum surgery, unhealthy gum tissue is replaced with healthy tissue. Sometimes a process called gum graft surgery is required to provide new tissue or even bone for the infected area. Gum graft surgery can also help prevent further gum recession, cover exposed roots, and improve the look of your teeth.
Your dental health is very important to us. To determine if you need gum disease treatment, please contact Brident to make a dentist appointment.