Diagnosing and Treating Gum Disease
Patients experiencing the signs or symptoms of gum disease must seek treatment from a qualified dental professional as soon as possible. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can lead to serious health problems if left undiagnosed and untreated. Getting a definitive diagnosis and starting treatment will help reverse the changes that occur with this condition, including lost bone and gum recession. Anjum A. Ansari, D.M.D. and her team are here to assist patients with these concerns.
What is gum disease?
Periodontal disease, more commonly called gum disease or periodontitis, is a chronic infection that can destroy the gums and bone supporting the teeth. When untreated, this condition can lead to tooth loss. If you have experienced bleeding or tenderness of your gums when brushing or flossing, then you might be suffering from this dental problem. The condition is best treated in the earlier stages, which is why early detection is critical to reducing the damage caused by this infection.
What are the signs of gum disease?
Gum disease may have various symptoms that patients should be aware of. These include:
- Bleeding gums after or while brushing or flossing
- Red, swollen gum tissue
- Discomfort in the mouth
- Exposed tooth roots due to gum recession
- Loose or lost teeth
If you are residing in and around Boston, Massachusetts, and notice any of these issues, it is important that you contact Anjum A. Ansari, D.M.D. to get a proper diagnosis and discuss your treatment options. Patients will find that with the help of a dentist, they can control the condition and restore the smile after the infection is managed by a professional.
What treatment options are available for gum disease?
- Deep periodontal cleaning
- Scaling and root planing
- Antibiotic medications
- Prescription toothpaste and mouthwash
- More frequent dental visits for monitoring
How do I learn more?
If you suspect you have periodontal disease, call Anjum A. Ansari D.M.D. of Boston, MA today to request an appointment at the office, conveniently located at 50 Staniford Street, 8th Floor. Our team is here to help new and existing patients and families who call (617) 581-0689 for more information.