2. Redness and Swelling
Another early warning sign of gum disease, this could be in an isolated area, or across the entire gum line. Red, swollen gums will likely be sensitive to touch and extreme temperatures, causing an ache when exposed to hot or cold foods. This inflammation comes from irritation caused by bacteria and tartar build-up. Fortunately, a deep cleaning can put your health back on the right track.
3. A Receding Gum Line
By the time this symptom appears, your gum disease has progressed to a serious level. As the gums pull back, they make the tooth appear longer and leave the tooth root exposed. This leaves it open for bacteria to eat away at the root, causing tooth decay and possibly leading to extraction. Treatment for this stage includes scaling and root planing and an application of antibiotics. If the gums have significantly receded, a gum graft may be necessary to rebuild a healthy gum line.
4. Loose Teeth
Bacterial infections can form pockets beneath the gum line, which causes the gum tissue to separate from the tooth root. If decay sets in, you may experience sensitivity, pain and slight movement. This can be an extremely precarious position for your dental health and may result in an extraction. The treatment for this is a pocket reduction, a procedure that brings the gum tissue back into contact against the tooth root. Antibiotics will also be applied to eliminate the bacterial infection.
5. An Abscess in Your Gums
This condition indicates a severe infection of the gums and should be treated as soon as possible. An abscess can be quite painful to live with, causing swelling, fever, and other symptoms. The real danger, however, is that the infection could spread to other parts of your body.
Unlike most infections, an abscess does not heal on its own and is not something you can wait out. Treatment will involve draining the abscess, eliminating the infection, and using surgical procedures to undo any damage to the gums and jawbone. An experienced dental professional can suggest an aggressive treatment plan to stop any deterioration and provide restorative treatment options.
Your gum health plays a significant role in your health overall and shouldn’t be taken for granted. If you are concerned about your gum health, reach out and make an appointment today to restore and maintain healthy gums and a beautiful smile.