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- Address issues related to bleeding and/or receding gums
- Prevent tooth loss caused by severe gum disease
- Undergo nonsurgical, surgical, or laser therapy to treat gum disease
- Prioritize your oral health
- Smile with confidence!
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common and serious infection of the tissues and bone that support your teeth. Left untreated, the condition can lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems.
What causes gum disease?
Caused by a build-up of plaque – a sticky film of food and bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth – plaque that’s left to flourish turns into tartar (calculus) and can only be removed by a dental professional.
Certain factors can increase your risk of gum disease, including smoking, diabetes, pregnancy, medications that cause dry mouth, and genetic disposition.
Are there different types of gum disease?
There are three stages of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and is characterised by redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gums. Gingivitis is caused by plaque and can be reversed with good oral hygiene practices.
Periodontitis is the more advanced stage of gum disease wherein the gums pull away from the teeth, creating pockets (spaces) that become infected. The body's immune system fights the infection, which results in inflammation and damage to the gum tissue and bone.
Advanced periodontitis is the most severe stage of gum disease that causes the gums and bone supporting the teeth to experience severe damage. The teeth may become loose, fall out, or need to be removed by a dentist.
Thankfully, gum disease is treatable when caught in its early stages.
What treatment options are available?
Nonsurgical cleanings, surgical intervention, and laser gum therapy are all options for treating this condition.
Nonsurgical therapy includes deep cleaning, also called scaling and root planing. This type of therapy removes plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. It also smooths rough spots on the teeth root where bacteria can grow.
Surgical therapy is used to treat more advanced gum disease. It involves procedures such as flap surgery, bone grafting, and tissue regeneration.
Laser therapy utilizes powerful thermal energy light beams to remove diseased tissue, kill germs and bacteria, and sterilize infected areas.
If you suspect that you have gum disease, call our office today. We’ll schedule an in-depth assessment of your teeth and gums and provide a treatment plan to meet your unique needs!