Gum disease is a serious issue, but it unfortunately tends to go overlooked. Many of the early signs of gum disease are mild but they can quickly get worse and lead to more damage than you realize. Routine gum treatments and preventative care can help, but more more serious cases of gum disease and pockets along the gumline, you should visit Lens Schwarzbaum DDS here at our Forest Hills dental office.
Taking care of your dental health means more than just your teeth, it means making sure your entire oral cavity is in good health, including the gums. Gum health can often go overlooked, especially when people tend to focus on the kind of oral pain that is commonly associated with cavities and other more common ailments. Some of the early signs of gum disease, otherwise known as gingivitis can include swollen, tender, sensitive, red, and often bleeding gums. The sooner you get gingivitis taken care of the better, especially since it can quickly escalate and become much worse. If gum disease goes untreated, it can lead to pockets along the gumline, where the gums pull away from the teeth and create pockets where more plaque and bacteria can gather. This can cause major tooth decay around the roots and even affect the foundation of the jawbone by causing bone loss. Here with Lens Schwarzbaum DDS, we can perform a number of different procedures, including a gingivectomy. This procedure is also known as pocket reduction surgery, which aims to reattach the gums to the natural gum line and reduce the amount of surface area in which plaque can gather. We also offer periodontal scaling and root planing which can further get rid of more serious plaque buildup causing the gum disease as well.
Gum disease may need several treatments and different procedures in order to treat fully. From surgery and cleanings to antibiotic medications and more, Lens Schwarzbaum DDS can make sure that your dental health is restored and your gum disease is treated as thoroughly as possible.