Healthy gums are responsible for protecting the roots of your teeth along with the bones in your jaw. A gum disease begins with bacterial growth in your mouth and, if left untreated, may result in damaging the tissues that surround your teeth, ultimately leading to loss of teeth. Periodontics is the treatment of conditions that affect the tissues around your teeth, including recession of gums and bone loss.
Gum inflammation, medically known as gingivitis, starts prior to periodontitis. Studies have found that at some point in their lives, most people develop gingivitis and tend to ignore the mild symptoms. However, with a lack of proper treatment, these symptoms can turn severe with time.
Both children and adults can benefit from conscious sedation dentistry. However, it is often recommended for people who may have extreme tooth sensitivity, dread visiting the clinic, or someone who feels claustrophobic in a dental chair.
● Hormonal changes during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause which can make the gums more sensitive to develop diseases.
● Medical condition such as diabetes
● Smoking or chewing tobacco
● Certain medications
● Poor nutrition
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease where bacteria in plaque buildup cause inflammation in the gums. Even though it is non-destructive in the beginning, it still shouldn’t be neglected as it can cause serious dental problems later. Some common symptoms of gingivitis are:
● Swollen and tender gums
● Puffy and dark red gums
● Gum that bleed easily
● Pain while chewing
● Intense sensitivity to either or both cold and hot food
● Bad breath
● Receding gums
A person with periodontitis may experience severe symptoms as it is a more progressed and advanced form of gum disease. It damages the soft tissue around the teeth, which can further destroy the bone that supports the teeth and result in tooth loss. In fact, it is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Though gingivitis can be controlled and treated with appropriate dental hygiene and regular professional cleanups, periodontitis, on the other way, requires extensive treatment. At our clinic, we would first examine the health condition of your gums. The treatment generally includes regular deep cleaning, scaling, and root planning.
Fortunately, gum diseases can be prevented with good oral hygiene and regular checkups with the Dentist. It is crucial to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. Additionally, you should make regular visits to the dental clinic for cleanups. If you have been noticing any persistent symptoms, then it's time that you seek a dental consultation immediately. You can contact our clinic for more information.
We would advise you to bring a family member along who can take you back home after the dental procedure. Also, you should take proper rest until the sedative effect wears off completely, and don't forget to stay hydrated. For more information on conscious sedation, contact our clinic today.