Arden patients ask what gum pain may indicate
Patients in the Arden area who are dealing with gum pain may be experiencing problems associated with canker sores or abscesses. However, in many instances, when gum pain accompanies swelling, redness, inflammation, and other dental concerns, it may indicate periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is an infection in the mouth, commonly referred to as gum disease. It can develop due to poor oral hygiene or because of certain medications. Dr. Christopher Port and the team of the Asheville Smile Center encourage patients to visit the practice when they are experiencing issues that may be related to an infection.
Periodontal disease typically appears as redness and swelling of the gum tissue. This is the first aspect of the condition that is known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. It is reversible if diagnosed early enough and treated by a dental professional. This is often done with a deep professional cleaning and antibiotics if necessary. When patients do not treat the condition and let it progress, it can become more severe and problematic. Patients may experience other issues such as shrinking bone, pockets created by the gum tissue pulling away from the teeth, and even loose teeth. These problems can only be addressed with proper treatment from a dental professional. A deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing is often done to remove tartar and bacteria from all surfaces of the teeth and gums, and then antibiotic treatment may begin. Patients need to work closely with their dentist to improve the condition to the point where it can be managed. Once periodontal disease develops, it cannot be cured, only controlled.
At the Asheville Smile Center, we are committed to assisting patients with their dental health concerns, and when gum pain begins and it is accompanied with other symptoms, patients should schedule an appointment with Dr. Port for an immediate evaluation. Treating gum disease early is essential in achieving better dental health and avoiding future problems that may be permanent.
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