Bleeding Gums Could Lead To Periodontitis
Early symptoms should not be ignored and could lead to future problems.
The potential seriousness of gum disease now seems to more widely acknowledged, and a number of advertisements for products appearing on the TV are aimed at preventing it. One common tagline in these advertisements is a variant of “Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth”. It is good to see this message being spread more widely, although bleeding gums are not the only symptom associated with gum disease.
There are a number of other symptoms including sore or tender gums, gums that appear red or inflamed, as well as bad breath or receding gums. Spotting dental symptoms early on, and taking the appropriate action, can restore your gums to good health with relatively minor treatment.
During its early stages, gum disease is known as gingivitis. This can usually be reversed or restricted through an improved home oral health care regimen and a series of professional cleans by our Ipswich hygienist, known as a ‘scale and polish’. This helps to remove hardened bacteria (tartar) which is otherwise difficult to remove. With regular care, gum disease should be relatively easily prevented for most people.
What if we ignore the early signs of gum disease? The problem then becomes more serious and not only is the patient likely to notice that the symptoms present themselves in a much more pronounced way, but, unseen below the gum line, the bacteria may start to attack the bone in which the teeth are held. Over time, this can cause the teeth to become loose, or even fall out. There is no guaranteed way to save the teeth from the effects of periodontitis although an invasive procedure, known as a ‘deep clean’ or root planing can sometimes achieve this, or at least minimise the damage.
Where tooth loss does occur through periodontitis, this presents the challenge of what type of tooth replacement method to use. Whilst dentures can be used, many patients find these unsatisfactory, and an increasing number of patients at Blue Sky Dental are turning to dental implants as their preferred option. Implants are an excellent tooth replacement method, but the effects of periodontitis means that special care needs to be taken before placing them. Because implants require healthy bone into which to fuse successfully, a course of treatment, often including antibiotics and periodontal intervention will likely be necessary. Even then, it may still not be possible to proceed with the treatment in some cases.
Another issue is whether the effects of periodontitis have been so great as to cause too much bone loss for the implant to be placed successfully. Where this has occurred, our Ipswich implant dentist may be able to build up the bone structure through a bone graft. Whilst usually successful, this does add an extra procedure and can add a significant amount of time before you have your final new replacement tooth.
The moral of this story is really simple. You should never ignore any symptoms that give you concern and we are always happy to see you to check fully. Early detection means early treatment and a much better chance of establishing a healthy and gum disease free mouth.
To make an appointment to see one of our dentists, please call Blue Sky Dental on 01245 211070 where one of our friendly reception team will make an appointment for you.