Gum Disease Treatments in Pueblo
Prevention & Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums and tissues that hold your teeth in place. The problem is caused by plaque build up on the teeth and gums. Poor brushing and flossing habits and lack of regular dental care are risk factors for developing gum disease. Pueblo Dental offers quality care to prevent and treat gum disease in Pueblo.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
While lack of regular brushing and flossing leads to gum disease, there are other risk factors that can make an individual more likely to develop periodontal disease. Some well-known risk factors that are associated with gum disease include smoking, diabetes, the use of certain medications, hormonal changes in females, and a genetic susceptibility in some families. Knowing the signs of gum disease makes it easier to get prompt treatment.
Some of the common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
- Pain when chewing
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
The severity of the symptoms varies, depending on the progression of gum disease. In the early stages, gum disease has more minor symptoms, such as tender gums that may bleed when you brush or floss your teeth. As the disease progresses, the condition becomes more painful and your teeth may eventually become loose and fall out.
Diagnosing Periodontal Disease
If you suspect you could have gum disease, it is important to schedule an exam because early treatment is important for preserving your oral health. During your regular visits for cleanings and exams, the dentist and dental hygienist examine your teeth and gums for overall health and early signs of gum disease. We note any changes from your previous visit and offer tips for preventing gum disease.
Gum disease is diagnosed by:
- A visual exam of the teeth and gums
- An instrument called a probe to measure pockets around the teeth
- X-rays that show bone loss
If it has been a while since your last dental exam, and you have noticed signs of possible gum disease, scheduling an appointment is important for your current and future oral health. We offer free exams and x-rays for new patients, so you can get a good picture of your overall oral health and discuss any treatment that may be needed for gum disease in Pueblo.
Treatment for Gum Disease
Our treatment for gum disease in Pueblo is focused on controlling the infection. The number of deep cleanings that may be needed to remove the infection and allow the tissue to heal varies, depending on the severity of the problem. When we are able to catch it early, fewer treatments will be needed. Custom financing options are available, and we offer the most affordable prices for treatment with the highest level of clinical excellence.
Proper care at home is essential for maintaining the results and preventing further progression of gum disease. If you want to keep your gums healthy in the future, brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing every day is extremely important. You should also visit our office at least twice a year for professional cleanings and exams. Some patients with gum disease may need more frequent visits.
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