What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease occurs when your gums and dental tissue become infected. Usually, it is caused when plaque and tartar build up, causing bacteria to increase and to attack the gums.
There are two stages to gum disease, which can also be called periodontal disease. The first is called gingivitis. Left untreated, it can worsen and become periodontitis. Gingivitis affects the gums only. If gingivitis reaches the stage called periodontitis, the bacteria will penetrate to your bones and the structures that support your teeth.
If your gum disease becomes periodontitis, there is a chance it could cause tooth loss. Periodontitis can also contribute to other serious health issues including diabetes, heart or kidney disease, and even Alzheimer’s.
Research has found that nearly half of American adults have some form of gum disease. It is also possible to suffer from gum disease and not realize it because many people do not experience severe symptoms. We are here to help prevent and treat gum disease.
Gum Disease Treatment
If we notice issues with your gums, we’ll first perform a thorough cleaning. This cleaning may include scaling and root planing. Through these processes, we can remove much of the plaque and tartar buildup that is affecting your gums and causing inflammation or other oral issues.
Scaling is a process which allows us to remove calculus and plaque that have attached to your teeth. We most often target the area near and below the gum line. We’ll use an ultrasonic scaling tool that removes the plaque and delivers an antimicrobial agent. This medicine helps to reduce the amount of bacteria along your gum line.
Once your teeth are thoroughly cleaned, we can begin the root planing. In this procedure we smooth the teeth roots, making it more difficult for bacteria to collect there again. This root smoothing also helps your teeth and gums heal faster.
Tackle Your Gum Disease
Treating gum disease promptly allows us to greatly improve your oral health and to prevent tooth loss. If you’re worried about your gums or think you may have gum disease, please call us. We will be able to help you determine the best course of action and help you maintain your healthy smile.