One of the more common dental problems that patients will mention during their appointment at our dental office in Fort Mill, SC are itchy gums. Patients often will ask how their gums became itchy in the first place or how they can treat this ailment.
This article will explore itchy gums, it’s causes, and possible treatments that you can pursue.
What Causes Itchy Gums?
Itchy gums might be a product of viral, bacterial infections, or fungal, nutritional deficiencies, certain medications, teeth grinding, improperly fitting dentures, stress, allergies, or periodontal diseases.
That’s why you schedule your visit to your dentist as soon as possible. Tell your dentist every single detail like, what symptoms started, what kind of home remedies you have been tried, and what makes this problem worse. If you have any other medical problem, tell your dentist about that and what sort of medicines you’re taking to resolve them as well.
Periodontitis is a disease of the mouth that causes inflammation and destruction of the supporting tissues of the teeth. Teeth lose the tissues that support them, like the gums and bones of the jaws. Tooth pain or increased sensitivity to the gums accompany the loosening of the teeth, which they no longer have their support tissues. Periodontitis occurs in three stages, mild, moderate, and advanced.
The first stage of the development of periodontitis is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is defined as inflammation of the gums. They are red, sensitive, and often swollen. Gingivitis is easily detectable: inflamed gums bleed when brushing teeth or flossing. Does that remind you of something?
The other two stages of periodontitis include inflammation of the bone and irreversible destruction of the gingival and bone tissues, respectively.
How Can I Treat My Itchy Gums?
Just as there are several causes for itchy gums, so too are there several different options that you can pursue for correcting your gums. Here are some common methods that our patients pursue:
Get a Diagnosis or Test
Have Your Teeth Cleaned
In the majority of the cases, gingivitis and itchy gums are led by a buildup of tartar or plaque. Deep cleaning can remove the cause of the itchy gums as well as promote overall oral hygiene. Your dentist will clean your teeth by following one of these procedures.
For instance, scaling that removes tartar below or above your gum line and root planning, in that your dentist scales the root surface of your tooth, you will get rid of infected areas and bacteria. This easy surgical process is done with local anesthesia.
The laser is another way to remove tartar with less bleeding or pain than root planning, as well as scaling.
Antibiotics or Antibiotic Mouthwash
If you are experience itch on your gums due to severe gum disease, then you might need surgery. Only consider this option if the dentist diagnoses you in the future phases of periodontal disease. There are different kind of procedures that may assist you:
Such as flap surgeries that involve detaching your gums from the tooth as well as bone, remove the plaque, and suturing the gums to fit cozily around the teeth. You will not feel anything during the procedure because this surgery performs with local anesthesia.
There are other different ways you get rid of the itchiness. It depends on your severity as well as your overall oral health.
Looking for a Periodontist in Fort Mill?
Dr. Samir Patel has extensive experience providing gum disease treatments in Fort Mill, SC! If you have any additional questions about periodontics or would like to learn more about us, please contact our staff today! We look forward to improving your oral health!