Living with gum disease requires constant monitoring of your oral health to maintain a healthy smile. This is because an infection that reaches the jawbone become permanent. However, by attending cleanings and exams on a regular basis, you may be able to detect an infection when it is in its reversible initial stage. At each exam, we create a dental record that allows us to quickly identify when active threats appear. If we detect a gum infection, we can perform a periodontal maintenance session to get your infection under control. For patients with ongoing outbreaks, we can place you on a 3 to 4 times per year schedule to offer the cleanings you require. Because gum infections are the leading cause of tooth loss, taking care of this aspect of your health is key to preserving your smile.
At Sunny Smiles Family Dentistry, we help patients protect their smiles after taking on a gum infection. By prioritizing your oral health, you can reduce the risk for developing gum disease and lessen its effects when it takes hold. When you attend routine checkups, we will clear bacterial deposits that contribute to disease.
The Contributing Factors Behind Gum Disease
If you experience constant bleeding when you brush or floss, sore tissues, or chronic bad breath, call your dentist right away. These symptoms indicate an infection, but by addressing it as soon as possible, you may reverse it before it becomes permanent. Infections result from irritation due to a variety of factors. However, the most common are plaque and tartar deposits that elicit an inflammatory response.
When we discover an outbreak of gum disease, we will suggest a periodontal maintenance procedure to put the infection into remission. Scaling and root planing allows us to go below the gumline to clear all bacterial deposits in pockets between your smile.
Addressing Tooth Loss
If you lose a tooth due to gum disease, we can help design a prosthetic to restore your bite. Because tooth loss contributes to misalignment, it can accelerate the risk of losing additional teeth. Therefore, placing a dental bridge or implant can help distribute the force of your bite more evenly. This prevents the accelerated wear and tear of your enamel that comes with a misaligned bite. By mimicking a natural tooth, your replacement teeth can help restore lost confidence in your smile.
Speak With Your Dentist About Maintaining Healthy Gums At Sunny Smiles In El Paso, TX
While gum disease can become permanent, regular care can protect your smile from additional tissue loss. To find out more about periodontal disease and how we help you fight it, give us a call at your local Sunny Smiles location on N Zaragoza Rd in El Paso, TX at (915)849-9000.