Gum disease is an inflammation of your gum line. If it is left untreated, it can affect the bone that supports your teeth. We offer both screening and treatment at our dentist office. Our patients come from all over Eastern Washington to receive the best gum disease treatment, including the Medical Lake, Cheney, Airway Heights, Fairchild Air Force Base, Davenport, Liberty Lake, Harrington, Long Lake, Sprague, Kennewick, Deep Creek, Odessa, Four Lakes, Hazelwood, Reardon, and Wilbur communities!
Symptoms of gum disease can include:
- Swollen gums
- Tender gum tissue
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums (gum tissue pulling away from your teeth)
- Persistent bad breath
When your body senses threats like infections, lacerations, or foreign bacteria, it rushes to try to heal and protect the area being threatened. This inflammatory response in healthy individuals kills off bacteria and helps to speed healing.
Unfortunately, when it comes to infections in your mouth, natural responses to infection can create complications. When your body detects plaque, tartar, and bacteria in your mouth, it starts to protect itself by backing away, instead of actively attacking the bacteria.
If your early stages of gum disease are left untreated, gums will recede away from the teeth, which can trigger a variety of other dental and oral health problems.
Signs Of Gum Disease
Most patients in the early stages of gum disease don't even know they have it. Signs of gum disease may not appear until the disease has advanced to a point that will require you to undergo more invasive treatment by a gum specialist to get your smile healthy again.
However, you can always be on the lookout for these symptoms of gum disease:
- Loose teeth or teeth separating from each other
- Mouth pain - including swollen and red gums
- Receding gums
- Excessive bleeding after brushing and flossing your teeth
- Mouth sores
- Consistent bad breath that doesn't respond to traditional treatment, like mouthwash
- Noticeable pus between your teeth and gums
- Your partial dentures aren't fitting securely anymore
- A change in the way you bite or the way your teeth fit together
Gum disease hurts millions of people each year and many don't even know they don't have this serious condition until it has advanced to a point that requires treatment by a dentist or periodontist.
If you're concerned you might be seeing the signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Best Impression Dental today. Dr. Burton can assess your symptoms and create a treatment plan specialized to your dental needs.
Gum Disease Is A Threat To Your Whole Body Wellness
Gum disease causes a buildup of bacteria in deep pockets between the teeth and gums. That bacteria can transfer to your bloodstream when gums bleed, putting you at a much higher risk to develop the following health problems:
- Respiratory Disease
- Heart Disease
- Pre-Term Births
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
Your routine cleaning every six months at Best Impression Dental involves scaling your teeth and gum line to remove plaque and tartar. Our team also polishes to remove stains and smooth the tooth's surface. However, if you have symptoms of gum disease, you might need a different type of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planing is a deep dental cleaning procedure Dr. Burton performs to treat patients with current or developing gum disease. Not all patients need this level of cleaning, but it is key for patients concerned with gingivitis.
Gum Disease Therapy and Treatments
Gum disease increases your risk of systemic health problems, making it more difficult for your immune system to do its job. Ask Dr. Burton how non-surgical periodontal therapy can help with problems like heart disease, pneumonia, premature labor, and more.
Gingivitis is often painless at first, making it difficult to diagnose without regular dental checkups. Inflammation of the gums can be a potentially serious condition, which is why it’s vital to get regular dental exams from Best Impression Dental.
If you have been diagnosed with or are concerned you might have gingivitis, our gum doctor, Dr. Burton, offers a range of treatments to reverse or stop gum disease’s progression. If you are in the early stages of gingivitis, most treatment options are non-surgical procedures.
Have Questions About Your Gum Disease Treatment Options?
Are you seeing the signs of gum disease in your mouth? Don't put off treatment! Call our dentist office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Burton.
We are proud to serve the Medical Lake, Cheney, Airway Heights, Fairchild Air Force Base, and Davenport communities!