PERIODONTAL PROBLEMS (GUMS AND BONE)
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth are the foundation for your teeth. These structures, called the “periodontium,” have to be kept healthy. An ailing periodontium jeopardizes the soundness of your teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house.
Signs of unhealthy periodontium include: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from your teeth, loose teeth, and changes in the position of your teeth or your bite. With proper gum treatments, in time, it’s possible for us to restore your gum tissue to a healthy state. If you’re having a problem, for your own sake, please don’t delay. Come in and see us so we can treat it promptly.
The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing under local anesthetic, and treatment with local antibiotic agents. It’s crucial to get gum disease treated at the first sign of a problem to avoid surgery or extraction.