Many people have gum disease but may not be aware that they have the condition. Also known as periodontitis, gum disease is usually preceded by gum swelling and bleeding. Patients who smoke, use tobacco, take certain medications or have poor oral hygiene are more prone to developing gum disease. The Tyma Trachtenberg Center for Contemporary Dental Health offers periodontal therapy to those with periodontitis.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
There are several signs of periodontitis to look out for:
- Swollen gums
- Bad breath (Halitosis)
- Bleeding gums
- Mouth sores
- Gum swelling
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
Have you noticed any of these symptoms? Call Tyma Trachtenberg Dental today at (215) 261-7392. Our staff will help you find a restorative remedy that works with your specific needs. Dr. Mark Tyma, Dr. Brian Trachtenberg, Dr. Peter Bullock and their team are dedicated to finding solutions to dental problems of all kinds.
Periodontitis Treatment Options
There are multiple treatment options for patients with severe gum disease. Before working to remove decay and clean your teeth and gums, we will review your oral health and the condition of your teeth and gums. We may choose one of these remedies:
Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and root planing are often used in conjunction to help clean gums and fight gum inflammation. Scaling goes beneath the gum line to remove plaque and tartar and provide a deep clean. Root planing smooths out tooth roots to help gums reattach to teeth.
Gum graft surgery: During this treatment, tissue is taken from one part of the mouth and then used to cover tooth roots. Tooth loss that often occurs in later stages of periodontitis can be prevented with gum grafting.
Flap surgery: During this procedure, the gums are lifted and tartar is cleaned from beneath them. Deep gum pockets can be treated with flap surgery.
Periodontal Disease Treatment FAQs
Does periodontal therapy hurt?
Periodontal therapy may be uncomfortable, but it should not be painful. Patients will be numbed during the procedure. You may feel sensitivity after treatment but it should not be painful.
How long does periodontal treatment last?
The length of treatment needed to reverse periodontal disease varies based on the severity of the disease and the patient. Periodontal treatment may last anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months for patients to see results.
What not to do after scaling teeth?
After tooth scaling we recommend that you avoid particularly hot or cold foods and drinks. Patients should also avoid popcorn, nuts, chips, along with other hard or crunchy foods.
How long does it take for gums to heal after a deep cleaning?
After a deep cleaning gums may be sensitive for up to a week. This is not abnormal and is part of the healing process. If gum sensitivity lasts longer than ten days, call us to schedule a check up appointment.
How long does it take gum disease to get worse?
Gum inflammation can occur in as little as five days in the early stages of gingivitis. The symptoms of gingivitis become more apparent after two to three weeks. If you don’t get this taken care of, it could develop into a mild case of periodontitis which is more difficult to reverse.
Can gum disease make you tired?
When gum disease is present, the blood vessels in the gums spread infections throughout the body. The longer you have gum disease, the more likely it is that the infection will spread to other parts of your body making you feel tired and worn out.
Request an Appointment Today
Do you think you may be developing gum disease? Call the Tyma Trachtenberg Center for Contemporary Dental Health for comprehensive care today at (215) 261-7392. You can also request a consultation online. Our professional team will be happy to help you find a treatment that works for your specific oral health needs.