Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment in Boston
General information about gum disease
Gum disease is a common and treatable condition and a serious health concern. Gum disease happens when gums have become infected, sore, and swollen. It is much more common in adults than children. If you feel you have gum disease, there are a number of signs and symptoms.
Some of the most common signs of gum disease include bad breath and bleeding gums whenever you brush your teeth. This is the early stage of gum disease, which is known as gingivitis. If this is not treated, periodontitis starts to take over. This will have an impact on the tissues that hold your teeth in place and support them. If you do not treat periodontitis, you can eventually lose your teeth and sustain damage to your jawbone. You will also notice that there are gaps between your teeth and your gums.
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What Causes Gum Disease?
There are a number of different causes of gum disease. However, it ultimately comes down to a plaque build-up around the teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria. Some of the bacteria in plaque do not cause any harm. However, other forms of bacteria produce acids that result in damage to your teeth and gums.
If you do not brush your teeth regularly, plaque builds up and causes irritation to your gums. This leads to inflammation, as well as soreness, and bleeding. If you have noticed any of these signs, it is important for you to see one of our dentists as soon as possible.
Gum disease differs from person-to-person, so you need an experienced specialist for advice regarding the best way to manage the symptoms you are experiencing.
Gum disease symptoms
It is important to look for the signs associated with gum disease to catch them early. As soon as you notice any of the signs listed below, make sure to schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston soon. Here are some of the warning signs of gum disease.
- Tender, swollen, or red gums
- Pain in your mouth
- A change in the fit of your partial dentures
- A change in your bite
- Persistent bad breath
- Sores in your mouth
- Pus between your gums and teeth
- Separating or loose teeth
- Receding gums or gums pulling away from your teeth (this makes your teeth appear longer than before)
- Bleeding when eating hard food, flossing, or brushing
If your periodontitis is left untreated, the result is a number of further complications. Examples include:
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Loss of teeth
- Gum abscesses (painful collections of pus)
Of course, these are all symptoms that no one wants to experience. This is why it is so important to make sure you see a dentist at Dental Partners of Boston for non-surgical gum disease treatment. This can save you a lot of pain, save your teeth, and save you money. Regular dental check-ups are one of the most effective ways to prevent such problems from developing.
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Non-surgical Treatments for Loose Teeth Caused by Gum Disease
At Dental Partners Of Boston, we treat people that have experienced loose teeth due to different stages of gum disease. There are non-surgical gum disease treatments that include:
- Scaling and root planing: a deep cleaning under the gumline to remove plaque and tartar.
- Laser gum treatment: also known as Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP), uses a laser to remove only the diseased surface gum tissue around the tooth.
- Antibiotics and other medications: these are administered as a mouth rinse, slow-release gelatin-filled chips placed between the teeth and gums, and special toothpaste.
A loose tooth or extruded tooth can also occur from an impact injury caused by a blow, accident, or sports incident. The tooth may be in serious jeopardy and it may be causing you significant pain.
If at all possible, it’s better to save a tooth than replace it. The best way to do this is to see an emergency dentist as soon as possible. On your own, you can try pushing the tooth back into place as an interim measure before you reach a dentist at Dental Partners of Boston.
This is where visiting one of our emergency dentists in Boston could be the difference between keeping or losing the tooth. It’s a good idea to have the phone number of our emergency dentist beforehand, especially if you have receding gums and have been experiencing issues.
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Don’t be nervous
We understand that some people are nervous about seeing the dentist. Some people also feel self-conscious. They are worried about the condition of their teeth yet they would rather suffer in silence than go to a dentist. We do not want you to feel this way. We have worked hard to ensure that we provide a safe and comfortable environment for all of our patients. We have seen all types of gum and teeth conditions that you can imagine, so you really do not need to worry or feel anxious.
If you would like more information, give us a call and one of our friendly team members will be happy to help. You can also schedule an appointment online.