Do your gums bleed when brushing your teeth? Are your gums sensitive?
You may have gingivitis or gum inflammation. Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontitis or gum disease. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to gum sensitivity, gum recession, and even tooth loss. Dr. Samantha Leatherwood and her dental team treat periodontal disease in Denton, TX. Treating gum disease can help restore the smile. The gums are the foundation for teeth; if they are unhealthy, then the teeth can become weakened.
Signs of Gum Disease
There are several common signs of developing gum disease to be aware of:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen, tender gums
- Loose teeth
- Shifting teeth
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Receding gum line
Please contact our office if you notice any of these symptoms and we can help. We have a periodontist on staff that is trained in diagnosing gum disease and removing infection with custom treatment.
Treating Gum Disease
Antibacterial rinses as well as scaling and root planing can reverse gingivitis. Our dental hygienists perform scaling and root planing at routine visits to remove plaque from around and beneath the gums. These treatments are also used in tandem to help ensure the tooth roots are secure and free of infection.
Dental lasers use light and heat to heal the soft tissues of the mouth, including the gums. We can use a dental laser to gently remove bacteria off of the gums. This can reduce swelling and bleeding caused by an excess of bacteria on and around the gums.
Perio Protect is offered by our periodontist to fight off infection with custom treatment. This treatment method uses dental impressions to create a custom tray. Once completed, the tray holds medicine that is administered to the gums and even beneath the gum pockets. The trays are worn for 15 minutes every day
Schedule a Dental Consultation
Treat gum disease professionally at Leatherwood Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Call us at 940.398.0181 or request an appointment with Dr. Leatherwood on our website. We look forward to seeing you at your next consultation. Please let us know if you have any remaining questions for us and we will be happy to help.