Do your gums bleed when you brush and floss your teeth? Are your gums sensitive to cold foods or beverages? You may have gingivitis or gum inflammation. Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontitis or gum disease. Gum disease begins when bacteria feed on food debris left in the mouth. The bacteria produce digestive acids that irritate and inflame the gums. Over time, as gum disease progresses, patients can experience severe gum sensitivity, pain, and even gum recession. Our dental team provides gum disease treatment to restore patients’ smiles in Bryn Mawr, PA. Contact our office if you notice chronic gum pain or sensitivity, and we can help.
Signs of Gum Disease
There are multiple symptoms of gum disease:
- Bleeding gums when brushing and flossing
- Sensitive and painful gums
- Bad breath (Halitosis)
- Purple or reddish gums
- Gum recession
- Loose or missing teeth
Call Main Line Family dentistry if you notice one or more of these symptoms. Our team will thoroughly examine your smile to determine the best mode of treatment to meet your needs.
Gum Disease Treatment in Bryn Mawr, PA
There are several options for patients with gingivitis or periodontitis:
- Antibacterial rinses: We can use antibacterial rinses in conjunction with dental cleanings to remove harmful bacteria from the mouth. These safe rinses minimize decay-causing bacteria and create a fresher smile.
- Scaling and root planing: Our hygienists offer scaling and root planing at routine appointments. Scaling removes plaque and calculus from the teeth and gums. Plaque is a sticky bacteria film that hardens to form calculus. It is more difficult to remove calculus than plaque, so we use specialized dental tools to remove it. During root planing treatment, we remove bacteria buildup from the tooth roots.
- Periodontal surgery: We recommend oral surgery for patients with severe gum disease. Oral surgery can remove infected gum tissue or address deep gum pockets.
Restore Your Gum Health
Contact our office for periodontal therapy today ay 610.601.2978. You can also schedule a dental appointment with our dentists online. At your next dental visit, please let us know if you have further questions or concerns and we can help.