If you were washing your hands and they started bleeding, wouldn’t you be concerned? Surprisingly, many people simply brush off when their gums bleed during brushing. This bleeding can be a sign of more serious problems; swollen and bleeding gums are clear signs of infection.
When your gums and teeth are unhealthy, bacteria build up and wreak havoc. Bad breath, bleeding gums during brushing and flossing, gum recession, and even bone loss can follow. The bacteria build-up has led to a case of Periodontitis. Periodontitis, also known as Periodontal Disease or gum disease, is a common infection that targets the soft tissue and bone supporting teeth. Untreated, periodontal disease will lead to tooth loss.
Periodontal disease can creep up on you, but the first sign of infection is when inflammation known as gingivitis causes your gums to bleed when you brush and floss your teeth. Gingivitis may be accompanied by gum discoloration around your teeth, and it will lead to periodontitis if not treated immediately. Gingivitis eventually becomes periodontitis, which can lead to advanced periodontitis.
Gum disease is caused by bacteria in the plaque, a colorless film that forms over teeth. If left undisturbed, plaque hardens into tartar, also known as calculus. Tartar is not so easy to remove— brushing and flossing are not enough. Only a dental hygienist can remove tartar through a dental cleaning.
Symptoms of this disease include:
Once you have periodontitis, you will experience certain changes in your mouth, gums, and teeth such as:
The problem with gum disease is that it often goes undetected. You never know you have it until you visit your dentist. Once you are under the care of Tiger Smile Family Dentistry, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
We encourage our patients to practice preventive methods to avoid gum disease or to prevent it from happening. The good news is, prevention is as easy as following these simple steps daily:
While an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, periodontitis is a common disease that our dental team faces. If you find yourself suffering from this condition, don’t worry— it can be treated. Perhaps rumors of painful grafting techniques are keeping you from seeking treatment? Worry no more! Our dentists are trained in the minimally-invasive pinhole surgical technique; with PST, grafts and sutures are a thing of the past for treating periodontal disease.
At Tiger Smile Family Dentistry, we guarantee caring, safe treatment using the latest techniques in Periodontics in Baton Rouge to help you achieve a healthier smile.
Tiger Smile Family Dentistry staffs a team of dentists who perform gum recession treatment in Baton Rouge. Whether you need tooth scaling, root planning, or deep cleaning, you can count on us.
To help our patients overcome gum recession, we also use the Pinhole Surgical Technique. The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, also known as the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™, was invented and patented by John Chao, D.D.S. It is a scalpel-free, suture-free, graft-free, minimally invasive procedure for correcting gum recession and saving teeth.
Through a small hole made by a needle, specially designed instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. Since there is no cutting or stitching, patients can expect minimal postoperative symptoms (pain, swelling, and bleeding). Patients are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement. Most patients can resume light normal activities within 24-48 hours after treatment (excluding working out and strenuous activities).
Our quick and efficient techniques can lead to a lifetime of results with proper care.
We offer affordable dentures for clients of our Baton Rouge practice. Our dental facility can provide both partial and full denture services to replace missing teeth and improve overall oral health. Fill out your smile and protect your gums with our natural-looking, durable, stain-resistant, affordable dentures.
When you lose teeth, the remaining teeth nearby may shift into the empty space. This not only changes your bite but also places stress on the teeth and jaws. You may also find that it is more difficult to keep your remaining teeth clean, which can result in tooth decay and periodontal disease. In addition to helping these issues, dentures make it easier for you to chew food and also help improve your speech if it has changed as a result of missing teeth. Dentures can also help to support the lower portion of your face so that it does not sag.
If you suffer from periodontal disease, then it’s time to take your first steps to a healthy mouth— come see our dental team at Tiger Smile Family Dentistry in Baton Rouge! Our team offers dental procedures that target gum disease and aim to reverse the damage.
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429 E Airport Ave Suite 3, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
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