Dr. Juveria Fahkruddin is proud to assist patients in Murphy, TX and the surrounding communities with advanced gum treatment and cleanings. Advanced gum treatment and cleanings, also known as deep dental cleaning, is different than a traditional dental cleaning. A regular cleaning focuses on the surfaces of your teeth as well as between the teeth and above the gumline. Advanced gum treatment focuses on removing plaque and treating below the gumline.
Gum disease – also known as periodontal disease and periodontitis – is an inflammatory condition affecting the tissues surrounding a tooth, and is the leading cause of tooth loss. Once it sets in, the toxins produced by the bacteria damage the teeth’s connective tissue and bone, effectively destroying them and fostering tooth loss.
Beware the Signs
Gingivitis is a bacterial infection of the tissues in the mouth and potential precursor of gum disease.
As a gum infection progresses, the bone tends to recede; the gums may or may not recede. In some cases, the root of the tooth becomes exposed, occasionally causing tooth sensitivity. Furthermore, pus may be produced, and pockets may form between the gum and tooth.
Since bone recession is not visible to the naked eye, and if left undetected, may contribute to tooth loss, it is important to visit your dentist for professional examinations and dental cleanings to identify gum disease.
Here are some common signs you and your dentist can look for:
- Bleeding gums during tooth brushing or otherwise
- Sensitive, red or swollen gums
- Bad breath
- teeth that are loose or appear to have shifted
Gum Disease Treatments
There are a number of treatments available for gum disease sufferers, each of which varies depending on the severity of the condition.
In order to determine the treatment modality that best meets your needs, Dr. Juveria here at Dental Hub will evaluate the extent of the damage to develop a conservative initial plan. A dental hygiene evaluation will determine if plaque (soft deposits on the tooth) is being removed on a daily basis.
Next, calculus (also known as tartar) must be removed through a professional cleaning, and sometimes through the additional procedures of deep scaling and root planing. A local anesthetic may be administered during these procedures. Dr. Juveria may also administer antibiotics to treat bacteria housed in the pocketed areas of the gum, and recommend a medicated mouthwash to be used as a regular part of your home regimen.