Our gums are fleshy pink mucosal tissues, one of the mouth’s fragile parts. That is why it is bound to suffer from damage to an accelerated extent. Any changes such as inflammation, recession, or hole in the gums can be extremely alarming.
You should know that for apt oral health, gums and teeth both should be in top-notch condition, physically as well as physiologically. But can you see a hole visibly in your gums?
Reasons for These Holes to Develop in The Gums?
The main reason for tissues to open up is gum disease. Bacteria are abundant in the mouth, and their high number results in consequences like tartar on the tooth, sensitivity, etc.
They eat away the gum tissues, leaving behind voids in it. After this, the gum starts receding from its original line, creating a pocket. The hole on the gums starts off small but later increases in size if not treated.
Types Of Gum Diseases
They are 2 main kinds of gum diseases that result in gum recession and pocketed growth. Gingivitis precedes periodontitis; gingivitis, when goes worse, becomes periodontitis.
Gingivitis and Periodontitis – The Difference?
- It is the early, more like stage one, and mildest time of gum disease.
- Gingivitis is easily reversible.
Types of Periodontitis
As the disease progresses, it reaches the soft tissues and damages the bone, supporting the teeth. Periodontitis has 3 categories:
It worsens with time, and holes form in the gums with tooth loss.
It is a short-term type and mainly works at gum recession and removes its tooth lining.
The disease originates due to systemic diseases such as HIV. With disease progression, the tissue of the gums starts dying, leaving a hollow pocket.
What actually is meant by a Hole in the Gums?
A hole, usually tiny in the gums, is more like a hollow area, covered up in a way compared to its surrounding area. Gum disease is the prime suspect in this crime.
Treatment Options – Hole in the Gums
Treatment depends on the root cause.
Deep Dental Cleaning
This is a multi-step professional cleaning service that includes scaling and root planing. The first step is your dentist performing scaling; this is scraping off the tartar and calcified plaque. Then root-planing ensures that the deeper layers are covered and clean.
Pocket Elimination – Flap Surgery
This type of surgery is so named because the tissues are cut open, then bacteria and plaque are removed. Later on, the gum is repositioned and attached to a place better, eliminating any holes around the gum.
Gum Grafting Procedure
It is best for receding gums. This procedure removes some part of your healthy gum tissue from a different place and fits where the gum line has receded.
Use of Antibiotics
Antibiotics can kill off the bacteria easily in severe cases.
Final Take Out
You may be confused with these treatment options. So, it is better that you talk to professionals and set up an appointment for an examination. The dentists at Royalty Dental Associates are here for you; call (281) 655-0500 (Spring Cypress Road) or (281) 288-0900 (Interstate Highway 45) whenever you need.