Gum Disease Treatment in Tucson, AZ
Have you noticed a change in your gums recently? Do they look red and tender or bleed when you eat hard or crunchy foods? Whenever you notice anything different about the way your gums look or feel, there’s a good chance you’re seeing symptoms of gum disease.
Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that develops on your teeth throughout the day. Whatever you’ve had in your mouth throughout the day – food, drink, and even saliva – causes plaque to develop. If you haven’t heard it often enough, this is why Dr. Michael Allen and the team at Sabino Hills Family Dentistry emphasize the need for brushing and flossing at least twice a day.
When plaque is not removed with proper oral hygiene, it sits on your teeth and hardens into a substance called tartar or calculus. Tartar is a very hard substance that stays bonded to the surface of your teeth until a trained dental hygienist can remove it with special instruments.
The Two Stages of Gum Disease
Periodontal infection, commonly referred to as gum disease, attacks your gum tissue. This infection is caused by the buildup of plaque and bacteria on your teeth. There are two stages of gum disease:
Stage One – Gingivitis
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. As periodontal infection works its way into your gums, you may notice tender, swollen, or bleeding gums. In some cases, however, the symptoms of gingivitis may be so mild that they’re not apparent. Gingivitis is usually reversible if it is detected and treated early.
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Stage Two – Periodontitis
Periodontitis occurs when the infection in your gums spreads to the supporting structures of your teeth that hold them in place. As the gums pull away from your teeth, periodontal pockets form between the gums and your teeth. These spaces are a perfect place for bacteria to grow, leading to loss of bone and tissue, loosening of the teeth, and even potential tooth loss.
Treating Gum Disease
The treatment we choose for you depends on the overall health of your teeth are and how serious the infection is. If we find you have a minor infection, a thorough cleaning with frequent follow-ups may be all that’s needed to get gum disease under control.
For more advanced cases, we’ll need to perform a gum infection therapy treatment. This involves thoroughly clearing away any bacteria, then smoothing the surface of the teeth to eliminate spots where they can collect. The affected area will be irrigated with an antibacterial rinse to flush out any remaining bacteria and give you a fresh start.
Our gentle hygienists will recommend that you return in about 4 to 6 weeks to our Tucson dental office for a follow-up visit. They may also suggest scheduling more frequent cleanings in the future so we can monitor your condition and stay a step ahead of the disease.
Call to Schedule an Appointment for a Cleaning
If you practice good oral hygiene and schedule regular dental cleanings, you may never have to worry about gum infection. A dental cleaning can remove the tartar and plaque that cause gum disease and, with the help of the team at Sabino Hills Family Dentistry, you can follow a treatment plan that keeps your teeth and gums healthy and strong.
Call us today to schedule your next appointment for a professional cleaning!