If you are concerned about developing gum disease, you’re right to prioritize your dental health and oral comfort. However, you likely need to be better informed about some of the warning signs and symptoms that indicate gum disease or periodontitis. If you have a sneaking suspicion that you are developing gum disease, it’s also best to schedule an appointment with your dentist or an oral surgeon. But when is it time to schedule an appointment?
If you are unsure about whether it’s time to schedule a dental appointment, Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group may be able to help you decide. Our experienced and successful oral surgeons know precisely how to help our patients. We prioritize patient safety, comfort, and satisfaction above all else. This means we are intimately familiar and confident with each procedure and surgery we complete, so you can rest assured you will be taken care of.
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
There are several potential indicators of gum disease and periodontitis, though any combination of these may not necessarily point to this issue. If you notice any of the following signs, we strongly recommend speaking with your dentist:
- Swollen or puffy gums
- Tenderness in gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Visible tinges of pink on your toothbrush after brushing
- Blood in saliva after brushing or flossing
- Bad breath
- Pus in the teeth or gums
- Gums are bright red, purplish, or a dusty red
- Loose teeth or tooth loss
- Pain while chewing or brushing
- Receding gums
- Teeth look longer than normal
- Change in bite (the way teeth fit together when biting)
- Spaces developing between teeth
Any of these signs could indicate a problem with your oral or dental health. While you may not necessarily have gum disease or periodontitis, we strongly recommend speaking with a dentist to help.
Recommended Procedures for Gum Disease
If you have been diagnosed with periodontitis or gum disease, your dentist will likely recommend scaling and root planing as a primary step in treatment. Depending on your circumstances, more than one visit may be necessary. In some cases, additional procedures may come after scaling and root planing. These may include grafting to the bone or gums, insertion of dental implants, and other procedures.
Scaling is a deep cleaning of the teeth, resulting in removed plaque and tartar build-up in your mouth. This build-up is likely the primary cause of gum disease for most patients. Following scaling, the dentist or oral surgeon will begin root planing. This is the smoothing over of the teeth roots, allowing the gums to re-adhere to the teeth more quickly and easily during healing.
What Makes Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group Special?
If you want to prioritize your safety, comfort, health, and smile with your oral procedures, Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group may be perfect for you. Our team of oral surgeons is dedicated to prioritizing our clients through each procedure. We are confident and highly practiced in each procedure we carry out, allowing each of our patients to trust us wholly with their dental care. We also pay special attention to ensure total healing and maximized comfort following surgery. For the best possible results, please follow your oral surgeon’s care recommendations carefully.
Need Treatment for Gum Disease and Periodontitis? Call Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group for Help
If you believe you have gum disease or if your dentist has diagnosed you with periodontitis, Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group may be able to provide you with the help you need. We are highly practiced in the necessary procedures to help with gum disease, including scaling and root planing. Our team prides itself on serving patients in many areas around New Jersey through our multiple offices.
If you need additional attention following your scaling and root planing, we can also help you with these steps. To discuss your concerns and dental needs with our team, please don’t hesitate to contact us at your convenience. Please reach us by calling (908) 663-5309 or by completing our contact form.