Gum Disease is a Progressive Condition
Gum (periodontal) disease is a progressive condition affecting the soft and hard tissue of the mouth. Without proper treatment and periodontal maintenance, oral health can decline, teeth may become loose or fall out, and systemic health can suffer. Gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease, can be effectively treated by removing decay from below the gum line. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can advance to the incurable periodontitis. Since gum disease can develop at any age and early-stage symptoms are often overlooked, routine visits to our office can help us keep your teeth and gums healthy by halting its progression early.
Stages of Gum Disease
- Red, Swollen, Inflamed Gums
- Bleeding When Brushing or Flossing
- Chronic Bad Breath
- “Pockets” Form Between the Teeth and Gums
- Gum Recession
- Gaps Between the Teeth
- Connective Tissues Destroyed
- Shifting or Loose Teeth
- Tooth and Bone Loss
The Importance of Treating Gum Disease
Gum disease can lead to many long-term health complications, so it is important to receive treatment at the first sign of symptoms. The three-stage disease begins with reversible gingivitis, characterized by tender, bleeding gums. The second stage is periodontitis and may include loosening teeth, the development of pockets around the teeth, and bad breath. The final stage of gum disease, advanced periodontitis, involves severe gum recession, deep pockets, and an increased chance of tooth loss and systemic complications. Treating each stage of gum disease is pertinent to ensuring good oral health and that the disease does not continue to progress. We offer four custom treatment options based on the condition of your teeth and gums.
Scaling and root planing
A deep cleaning that eliminates plaque, tartar, and bacteria buildup on teeth below the gum line. Root planing smooths the teeth to help gums reattach to teeth and reduce pocket depth.
Osseous (flap) surgery
Traditional gum surgery that removes diseased gum tissue, thoroughly cleans teeth below the gum line, and gently reshapes the jaw bone to encourage reattachment of healthy gums.
The removal of a portion of diseased gum tissue to discourage additional bacteria build up and encourage healthy gums to attach back to the teeth.
Routine deep cleanings every three to four months to ensure there is no bacteria or tartar build up below the gum line. This maintenance occurs after periodontitis has been initially treated.
Timely Treatment Can Save Teeth and Gums
Treating and controlling gum disease can save your gums and teeth, and help to restore health back to your smile. We strive to bring you exceptional care that not only helps rid your mouth of gum disease, but keeps it from returning in the future. Our experienced team is trained in recognizing all signs and symptoms of periodontal disease, so we can catch and effectively eliminate problem areas before any severe damage occurs. For nervous patients, we offer calming sedation options for a relaxing and comfortable experience.