Dr. Glen Wainwright treats the symptoms of gum disease, including bleeding gums in our Austin, Texas dentist office. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, you may be developing periodontitis or gum disease. Many people may frequently deal with bleeding gums but don’t realize that they have gum inflammation or gingivitis.
Gingivitis quickly leads to periodontitis or gum disease. However, not all gingivitis may progress to gum disease if properly and promptly treated. Because gum disease is preventable and treatable, it is important to look for common symptoms like red, swollen or bleeding gums. Dr. Wainwright and his team at Austin Dental Care for treatment for this dental concern.
Common Signs of Gum Disease
There are multiple symptoms of gum disease to be aware of:
- Shifting teeth
- Gum swelling
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
- Mouth sores
- Bite misalignment
- Halitosis (Bad breath)
Advanced and chronic gum disease can also increase a patient’s risk for heart problems including strokes, heart attacks, and cardiovascular disease. Call Austin Dental Care at 512-518-6392 if you think you may be developing periodontitis. It is important to treat gum disease early before symptoms worsen.
Routine dental care can greatly reduce your risk for periodontal disease, enabling our dental care team to monitor the condition of your gums and provide appropriate care in the early stages of infection.
Treating Gum Disease
Moderate to severe cases of gum disease can be treated with multiple surgical and non-surgical methods. Antibiotics, scaling, and root planing are non-surgical while flap surgery, bone grafting, and tissue regeneration are surgical methods.
Antibiotics are used to help eliminate the bacteria that cause tooth infection in the first place. Scaling is a treatment used in conjunction with root planing. Scaling is a deep cleaning performed in our office that removes bacteria, plaque, and tartar from all surfaces of the mouth. Root planing smooths out tooth roots to combat gum inflammation.
Patients may need flap surgery, wherein the gum tissue is lifted to expose tooth roots and clean out bacteria more effectively. Bone grafting is done for patients who have receding gums by using transplanted bone. Tooth loss can be prevented through tissue regeneration that covers gums and keeps teeth in place.
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Dr. Wainwright is a dentist in Austin, Texas that is dedicated to helping patients fight tooth decay and gum recession. You can call Austin Dental Care at 512-518-6392. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wainwright and his dental team on our website.