Do you have swollen, red, or bleeding gums? You may have gingivitis which is also known as gum inflammation. Gingivitis is the precursor to periodontitis or gum disease. Dr. Stefan Speck provides periodontal disease treatment at Oxford Family Dentistry in Oxford, PA. Although early signs of gum disease may be easily reversed, more complex treatments are needed as the disease progresses.
Please contact Oxford Family Dentistry for restorative dental care to improve the health of your teeth and gums.
Symptoms of a Gum Infection
Common signs of gum inflammation include:
- Bleeding gums
- Tender gums
- Swollen gums
As harmful bacteria build upon and around the gums, patients may experience these symptoms of gum disease:
- Gum recession
- Bad breath (Halitosis)
- Pus between the gums
- Tooth loss
If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, contact Dr. Speck for a consultation. He will thoroughly examine your smile to find the best treatment for your needs.
How to Treat Gum Disease
Antibacterial rinses as well as scaling and root planing are preventative treatments that Dr. Speck uses against gum disease. These treatments may be performed at routine dental appointments for a deep clean. Antibacterial rinses remove harmful bacteria that can easily hide between teeth in areas that are difficult to reach. Scaling and root planing treatments also remove bacteria.
During scaling treatment, a dental hygienist uses a thin metal tool to remove plaque and tartar from around and beneath the gums. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria buildup, and tartar is the hardened form of plaque. Root planing smooths the tooth roots, which helps the gums reattach to the teeth.
Dr. Speck may refer patients with severe periodontitis to specialists for oral surgery. Periodontists can remove diseased gum tissue and graft healthy tissue to areas affected by gum recession. Gum grafting helps remove infection and regenerate the gum tissue
Request a Dental Consultation Today
Are you noticing the early signs of gum disease? Do you already have periodontal symptoms including gum recession and pain? Contact Oxford Family Dentistry for gum disease treatment at 610.753.4506 or schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Speck on our website.