Everyone wants to feel good about their smile. A nice set of pearly whites can make a huge difference in how you perceive yourself and the image you project onto others. Fortunately, you can work toward your dream smile by considering a variety of cosmetic options. However, if you have gum disease, it will need to be treated before cosmetic dentistry can be considered. Continue reading to learn more from your cosmetic dentist about the signs of gum disease and why it’s so important that you have healthy gums before worrying about the aesthetics of your smile.
Why Is Gum Disease Therapy Needed Before Cosmetic Work?
Gum disease needs to be completely eliminated before you can have elective dental work completed. This is because some procedures, like the placement of veneers, can make it more difficult to detect certain issues in the mouth, such as tooth decay and gum disease. This could cause them to progress, and you could require additional treatment later on. Once the infection of the gums is eradicated, you can begin planning your cosmetic treatments.
What Are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Gum disease is the result of inflammation and infections of the gum tissue and bones that surround and support the teeth. When this condition is left untreated, it can progress and cause you to experience a variety of dental issues, including:
- Swollen, red gums
- Painful chewing
- Tooth sensitivity
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Bleeding or tender gums
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss
How Does Gum Disease Therapy Work?
After taking a look at your smile, your dentist will construct a treatment plan that works best for you. It could include any of the following:
- Scaling and Root Planning: This is a deep cleaning of the gums and is usually performed for those who are already showing symptoms of gum disease. First, special instruments are used to eliminate buildups of plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline. Next, the roots of the teeth will be gradually smoothed to eliminate rough areas and noticeable crevices.
- Tooth & Gum Tonic Therapy: In addition to scaling and root planing, dental may also utilize an oral rinse that contains strong antibacterial benefits. This is designed to target the hard-to-reach areas of the gums and promote healing where the infection is present.
If you would like cosmetic work but are struggling with gum disease, talk to your dentist. By getting the treatment you need to restore the health of your gums, you will be able to work toward your dream smile in no time!
About the Author
Dr. Dan Mazor is an experienced periodontist who has been working in the field for more than three decades! He earned his dental doctorate from the University of Texas before obtaining his specialty certificate in periodontics. During this time, he completed intense training focused on advanced gum disease therapy and dental implant dentistry. Currently, he is a proud member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, and the American Academy of Periodontology. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Big Pine Key, visit his website or call (305) 680-1553.