Gum Disease Treatment & Prevention
Get your oral health back on track with our gum disease treatment procedure. The longer that you let the disease linger, the more damage that it will cause to your teeth and gums, so book your appointment as soon as possible.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums surrounding your teeth. It is one of the most common types of oral health issues and one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. Because it is pain-free, many people don’t know that they have the disease. This means it’s very important to get regular check ups to constantly check for early signs of the disease.
What causes gum disease?
Gum disease is caused by plaque that builds up on your teeth. If the plaque isn’t properly removed by brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups, it will continue to build up and damage your gums.
The disease forms just below the gum line and creates small pockets that separate the gums from the teeth. There are two stages of periodontal disease:
- Gingivitis — This is the early stage of gum disease, when the gums become red and swollen, and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is treatable and can usually be eliminated by daily brushing and flossing.
- Periodontitis — If left untreated, gingivitis will advance into periodontitis, and the gums and bone that support the teeth will become seriously and irreversibly damaged. Gums infected with periodontitis can cause teeth to become loose, fall out, or be removed by a dentist.
Generally, a regular oral health routine will keep periodontal disease at bay, but there are certain factors that increase your risk of developing it.
- Smoking or using chewing tobacco
- Certain types of medication such as steroids, anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, calcium channel blockers, and oral contraceptives
- Bridges that no longer fit properly
- Crooked teeth
- Old fillings
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
It is very possible and common to have periodontal disease and not know it. However, early detection makes solving it much easier, so look out for these possible symptoms.
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen, tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Pus between your teeth and gums
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Any change in the fit of partial dentures
Gum Disease Treatments
Gum disease treatments very depending on your specific situation. Some treatments include:
- Non-surgical treatments such as at-home periodontal trays, and scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)
- Periodontal surgery and laser gum surgery
- Dental implants
- Preventing Gum Disease
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