Gum Disease

Treat Your Gum Disease Before it Gets Worse

Gum disease can have serious effects on your oral and whole-body health. Untreated, it can cause pain and damage to your gums and teeth.  Researchers have also found that it can contribute to poor blood sugar control for diabetics, deaths from heart disease, and premature births. If your gums are swollen, painful, and bleeding, book an appointment with one of our doctors.  Dr. Jackson Bean, DDS at Complete Dental Care can treat your gum disease and improve your health and well-being.

What does gum disease look like?

  1. Poor oral hygiene habits cause an excess of plaque buildup on teeth and along the gum line, which eventually hardens into tartar.
  2. Your gums may become swollen, red, tender, and bleed easily.
  3. Tartar irritates the gums to the point where they begin to pull away from the teeth, or recede.
  4. Deep pockets form between the gums and teeth, which become a breeding ground for the infection to progress.
  5. Eventually the tissue is so damaged that the teeth begin to loosen and fall out.
  6. The jawbone will begin to deteriorate or atrophy.
  7. The infection travels from your mouth into the rest of the body and internal organs, increasing your risk for serious health complications like heart attack, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Gum Disease Treatment

In traditional gum disease treatment, doctors combine a deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar above and below the gum line with prescription antibiotics to control the infection. In some cases, more extensive surgical treatments may be necessary to protect your teeth, jaw and gums. The extent of treatment needed depends on your unique situation.  In extreme situations, tissue grafts may be required to restore tooth and gum function.

If you suspect you may have gum disease, call 903-454-6661 to schedule a complete evaluation with your Greenville dentist at Complete Dental Care.