Everyone wants a perfect smile. While pearly white teeth may be the most noticeable characteristic, your gums play a vital role too. Periodontics, gum disease treatment, can not only save your smile, but also your teeth.
What is Gum Disease?
Your mouth is filled with millions of different bacteria and microbe cultures. Some are good, while others – not so much! Plenty of toothpaste advertisements talk about how important your tooth enamel is to protecting your smile. However, while the enamel protects the parts you can see, your gums actually prevent the parts you cannot.
Your gums protect your tooth, and the underlying bone, from infections and damages. While your gums are pretty tough, gum disease can destroy them. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, starts small. Plaque commonly occurs when flossing and brushing are inadequately performed. Plaque can then develop into a bacterial infection, which becomes gum disease.
When left untreated, gum disease can eventually cause your gums to recede from the tooth. While this can appear to lengthen your teeth, it also leaves previously protected parts completely exposed. Once this happens, your exposed tooth and the bone beneath it become more susceptible to serious degradation. In other words, once your gums recede, the likelihood of losing your teeth and even the bone are increased.
Gum disease treatments fall under the dental field known as periodontics. The severity of your disease helps your dentist to determine the best course of gum disease treatment.
If you suffer from mild to moderate gum disease, your treatment may be as simple as a plaque and calculus removal session. This will remove the inflammation causes and allow your gums to heal more easily.
If your gums have receded extensively, but your mouth is in an otherwise healthy state, gum restoration may be recommended. Gum restoration can help to cover any exposed roots and encourage new gum growth as well.
However, if you suffer from a severe case, your gum disease treatment may be more intense, requiring donor tissue to be grafted onto the site or other surgical procedures.
Get a Healthy Smile with Periodontics
No one should be embarrassed by his or her smile. If you suffer from gum disease, there is no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed. Our staff has handled cases of all levels of severity with the same professional, compassionate and respectful approach we would provide our own families. (After all, at Furniss Family Dentistry, the Gilmer, TX community is our family!)
If you are looking for dental care in Gilmer, TX, Furniss Family Dentistry can help.Contact us today to learn about all of our dental services, including periodontics!