If you have red or swollen gums, you at least have what we call gingivitis. That's inflammation and some infection in the gum tissues. If it goes beyond that, then you probably have what's called periodontal disease and that's infection where it's actually eating away some of the bone tissue, so we actually need to go in there and do what we call a deeper cleaning and get all of that infection out of there so we can start you on the healing process.
If you have red or swollen gums, contact Tulip Tree Dental Care to find out if you could benefit from gum disease treatment! Dr. Nicole Hurcomb and our compassionate team don’t just do teeth – we’ll keep your whole mouth healthy at our South Bend, IN dentist office!
Gum Disease And Common Symptoms
Gum disease is a common infection of the gums that can produce serious consequences if left untreated.
Because gum disease can actually be a symptomless affliction in its early stages, you should visit our dental office regularly for dental cleanings and exams. Here are just some of the symptoms of gum disease:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
- Persistent bad breath
Nonsurgical Gum Disease Treatment
In most cases, we can reverse gum disease using deep cleaning methods called:
- Scaling, which cleans away bacteria from between your gums and tooth roots
- Root planing, which allows us to smooth your tooth roots to prevent bacteria from returning
We will carefully explain the treatment so you know what to expect. We will also prevent you from experiencing pain by numbing the area before we begin. To make your stay more pleasant, we can also provide comfort options, like soft blankets and cozy pillows. We can even help relieve any dental anxiety with dental sedation options!
The Consequences Of Gum Disease
Unchecked, gum disease can cause serious damage to your mouth, like the loss of gum tissue, jawbone structure, and your teeth.
Untreated gum disease has also been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and inflammation throughout the body.