Swollen and painful gums are symptoms of periodontal disease, an inflammatory gum disease. It’s a serious condition that should be treated right away. At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in North Dallas, we provide gum disease treatment.
Swelling of the gums is an auto-immune response of the body to an infection. Infections are noticeable through pain, redness, and warmth. If the infection is left untreated, it can influence the bone near the teeth. The body’s immune system wants to rid the bone of the harmful material the bacteria is creating. Over time, bone loss will occur.
Inflammation in the gums also is associated with atherosclerosis, the occurrence of fatty deposits inside of the body’s arteries. Inflammation coincides with an increase of the blood protein CRP (C-reactive protein), produced by the liver. The more inflammation there is, the more the liver produces CRP. The more CRP present, the more likely cardiovascular disease is present, along with related problems. CRP production is also related to arthritis, auto-immune disorders, and intestinal troubles.
Scientists are currently looking into the relationship between periodontal inflammation and CRP level and the effects outside of the oral cavity. Links have already been discovered between periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
If inflammation is left untreated, gums can develop pockets that provide the perfect breeding ground for infection. The longer the infection persists, the more likely bone loss will ensue, eventually causing tooth loss.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of gum disease, or if you suspect you are, don’t delay. Call us at Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in North Dallas right away. We treat gum disease, and offer a full range of general dentistry services. Make an appointment today.
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