Gingivitis: Warning Signs and What It Could Mean for Your Smile
By now, everyone has surely heard of “gingivitis” before. But, do you know how serious a condition it can actually be? Do you know the warning signs to watch out for?
Gingivitis is a form of periodontal or “gum” disease. It is caused by a buildup of bacteria between the teeth and gums that leads to irritation and inflammation. Startlingly, nearly 80 percent of people in the US suffer from some type of periodontal disease, and gingivitis is one of the most common. So, what are the red flags?
If you’re seeing any of these warning signs, it may be time to call our office:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Persistent bad breath
- Metallic taste in the mouth
But, why is gingivitis such a big deal? The answer is simple: gingivitis doesn’t end with these symptoms – these are only the beginning. The condition often develops into a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis. While similar to gingivitis, periodontitis is more destructive, causing a progressive loss of bone around the tooth. What can that ultimately mean for your smile? Tooth loss.
Thankfully, if caught early enough, Gum Disease is often treatable. If you’ve already experienced tooth loss, we can often treat that as well. Read on to learn more.
Gingivitis can often be treated through a procedure called scaling and root planing or “deep cleaning.” During the procedure, an instrument called a scaler is used to scrape away any plaque or tartar that has built up beneath the gums. Then, the tooth roots are planed so the gums can heal and reattach to the tooth properly. Often, we will also administer antibiotic directly to the area.
For those who have already experienced gum-disease related tooth loss, there are also treatments available. Often, the healthiest option is a Dental Implant. An implant, which looks like a small screw, is placed directly in the jaw. This fuses with your natural bone and becomes a rock-solid foundation for a beautiful replacement tooth. But, of course, preventing gum disease is always better than treating gum disease and its effects.
Gingivitis Treatment in Beverly Hills
If you believe you may be suffering from gingivitis, be sure to contact us today. Our general and cosmetic dental clinic is located in Beverly Hills, and you can schedule an appointment at (310) 273-0111. We look forward to meeting you.