An Effective Strategy To Manage Gum Disease

When you have gingivitis, or any stage of periodontal disease, it is important to take the proper steps in managing this problem. Gum disease can lead to several problems for your overall health. The side effects could include tooth loss, heart problems, and can even negatively impact your mental health. Dr. Browne in Prairie Village, KS, can help you manage this infection so that you can maintain your health.

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Finding Out You Have Gum Disease

You may be able to notice a change in your oral tissue yourself or a dentist could recognize symptoms at your next checkup. These could include swelling or sensitivity of your gingival tissue, persistently bad breath, bleeding, change in color, or a combination of these. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you must seek care as soon as possible. Prompt treatment may be able to help reverse or reduce your symptoms.

To avoid developing this condition, make sure that you practice a thorough and consistent oral hygiene routine and get regular dental cleanings. This can help remove bacteria from your oral cavity which can cause an infection. If you have poor oral hygiene, frequently smoke tobacco, or have a weakened immune system, you may be at a higher risk of infection. Make sure to prioritize your dental health to keep your smile safe.

How Ultrasonic Scalings Help

Periodontal disease will need to be managed with consistent deep cleanings. This is different from your regular cleaning done during a biannual checkup. The area beneath your gums will need to be cleaned, and steps will be performed to promote the root of your tooth to reattach to the tissue. Traditionally, this was done using handheld tools which would require a long appointment that may cause discomfort. In our office, we use ultrasonic scaling as a more comfortable method. Soundwaves are used to break down bacteria that can cause gingivitis. You may need several of these depending on the severity of your symptoms.

Dealing With Tooth Loss Caused By Gum Disease

Periodontitis is the leading cause for tooth loss in adults today. While ultrasonic scaling can help manage your symptoms, there is always a possibility that you could lose a tooth. If this happens to you, prosthetic options such as a bridge or dentures can be discussed with your dentist. The type of replacement used will depend on your current health and specific needs. It is essential to replace a lost tooth because gaps in your smile can cause several complications from difficulty chewing to further loss in the future.

Schedule This Service Today

You can call Dr. Browne in Prairie Village, KS, at 913-901-8585. to book an ultrasonic scaling or another treatment. We offer preventive care, cosmetic treatments, and more.