Gingivitis, also known as gum inflammation, is a common but often damaging dental problem. Gum inflammation is an early form of periodontitis or gum disease. Patients who develop gum disease often experience painful and bleeding gums, as well as gum sensitivity. Over time, periodontitis can lead to eventual tooth loss.
At Lighthouse Family Dentistry, we offer periodontal disease treatment to patients in Annapolis, MD. With gum disease treatment, patients can improve their oral health and restore their smiles.
Signs of Gum Inflammation and Infection
There are several symptoms of gingivitis and periodontitis, including:
- Bleeding gums
- Swollen and irritated gums
- Gum recession
- Bad breath (Halitosis)
- Tender and sensitive gums
- Pus between the teeth and gums
- Loose or missing teeth
Please contact our Annapolis office if you have noticed any of these problems. We want to help you address your gum inflammation before it becomes gum disease.
How to Treat Gum Disease in Annapolis, MD
There are various ways to prevent gum inflammation from turning into gum disease. We can also help reverse periodontitis with:
- Antibiotics and Antibacterial Rinses: We may prescribe antibiotics and antibacterial rinses for patients with gingivitis. These treatments help minimize bacteria in the mouth and help prevent periodontitis.
- Scaling and Root Planing: These deep-cleaning treatments benefit patients exhibiting more moderate symptoms of gum inflammation. We remove plaque and tartar from and beneath the gums using a special dental tool. We also smooth down the tooth roots to ensure they are attached to the gums.
- Gum Grafting: For patients with gum recession, or those who have had infected gum tissue removed, we recommend gum grafting. We may suture tissue from another part of the mouth, often the roof of the mouth, to secure the gum tissue. Gum grafting restores healthy tissue to the gums.
Request a Periodontal Disease Treatment Consultation Today
Do you need to treat your gum problems? Contact our professional dental team at 410-324-7287. You can also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Meiser on our website. Please let us know if you have any current concerns or questions about your treatment options. We will be glad to assist you.