Your gums should NEVER bleed when you brush and floss. Your gums should not bleed any more than your skin does. Ask yourself what would it take to make your arm or leg to bleed if you brushed and flossed them. whatever it would take to make your skin bleed that is the same amount of force that should make your gums bleed.
You need to see a dentist and they have to take a full series of xrays and evaluate the bone support around your teeth.
Then and this is critically important you need to have your gums evaluated and 6 measurements per tooth need to be made with a periodontal probe.
The instrument is placed between your gum and your tooth and a measurement is taken in millimeters
Periodontal Surgery Laser Alternatives LANAP Downey, California
Periodontal disease is also known as gingivitis, and is characterized by the inflammation of the gums. One of the tell-tale characteristics of periodontal disease is that the gums often bleed when they’re brushed. Brushing your teeth should never produce blood, so if you’re suffering from this particular symptom, then an appointment with the dentist should be made immediately.
LANAP, which stands for laser assisted new attachment procedure, is one of the most advanced procedures used by dentists to treat periodontal disease. It is commonly referred to by patients as laser gum surgery. Conventional periodontal surgery is often very painful for patients and produces quite a bit of discomfort during the healing process, whereas LANAP is a relatively new procedure that works differently and produces better results. During conventional surgery, the infected and diseased parts of the gum’s epithelium are removed along with much of the underlying connective tissue. With LANAP, however, the connective tissue is spared, which helps to bolster healing over a shorter period of time.
The dentist and staff at John McAllister DDS Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Downey are experienced in treating periodontal disease, from the more common occurrences to extreme cases. When patients first visit our office, x-rays are taken of the mouth so the dentist can evaluate the bone structure around the teeth. Measurements are made and the patient is further consulted about their particular condition. If LANAP surgery is indicated, then a future appointment is made for the procedure.
The surgery is very effective at treating even the most severe cases of periodontal disease. Early research has shown that patients who have undergone the surgery have increased bone density over time as well as an average reduction in periodontal pocket depths. It is these pockets that develop and indicate the presence of gingivitis, so a reduction means that there is less disease and inflammation.
At the start of the surgery, the patient is provided with a local anesthetic. Next, the periodontal pockets are probed, measuring the depth to the bone of the gum line. A series of lasers are then passed over the gums and into the pockets, initially removing pathogens and then finally removing the infected and diseased epithelium tissue. The result is that the bad tissue is removed, while the connective tissue is saved, and healing is a relatively quick process.
Once the surgery is finished, the patient is provided with a list of post-operative instructions as well as information about diet changes. Further instruction is provided by the staff about appropriate oral hygiene. Future appointments for the purpose of monitoring the healing process are usually required.
Periodontal disease doesn’t improve over time without the intervention of a dental professional. The majority of Americans over the age of 65 don’t have their original teeth, the majority having lost them due to this disease. Simply put, the disease gets progressively worse until all teeth are eventually gone. So if you’re suffering from symptoms such as inflamed or bleeding gums, then please contact our office today for an appointment.