If early-stage gingivitis is not recognized and treated, it can progress to a type of periodontal disease called periodontitis. In addition to bleeding, swollen, and irritated gum tissue, periodontitis can cause jawbone destruction, loose teeth, and tooth loss. Maintaining good oral hygiene can help prevent the progression of gingivitis; however, if it still progresses despite your best efforts, you will need prompt treatment. Here are some interventions your Lakeview dentist may provide to help manage your periodontal disease.
Deep Cleaning Treatment
In addition to routine teeth cleaning appointments, your Lakeview dentist may recommend a deep cleaning treatment called scaling and root planing. During this procedure, your dentist removes hard plaque from the roots of your teeth and under your gumline. Doing so helps minimize the risk of tooth loss and bone destruction. Unlike regular teeth cleaning treatments, a scaling and root planing deep cleaning may take more than one dental appointment.
Periodontal disease can lead to oral infections that can spread to other parts of your body if not treated. Because of this, your dentist may recommend antimicrobial treatment either with a special mouthwash or oral antibiotics. It is important to note that certain antibiotics can cause side effects such as abdominal cramps, nausea, and diarrhea. If you experience adverse reactions from your antibiotics, let your dentist know as soon as possible. If the entire course of antibiotics is not consumed, the infection may not completely resolve.
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