Gum Disease Treatment

Gum Disease Treatment

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What You Need to Know About Gum Disease

At Advance Periodontics and Dental Implants, we do not only provide gum treatment services but also facts about certain illnesses. We have gathered information on everything that we think you should know about gum disease so you have an idea of it.

Definition

It is known to be gum disease when there is an inflammation of the gums. This is caused by the bacteria in plaque, a sticky and colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. It can build up and the bacteria can infect not only your gums and teeth but eventually the gum tissue and bone that support the teeth. They tend to become loose and can fall out, which will have to be removed by a dentist.

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Definition

It is known to be gum disease when there is an inflammation of the gums. This is caused by the bacteria in plaque, a sticky and colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. It can build up and the bacteria can infect not only your gums and teeth but eventually the gum tissue and bone that support the teeth. They tend to become loose and can fall out, which will have to be removed by a dentist.

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The Three Stages of Gum Disease

Stage 1: Gingivitis

This is an inflammation of the gums caused by plaque buildup at the gumline. It produces toxins that can irritate the gum tissue, which then causes gingivitis. There will be some bleeding during brushing and flossing. At this stage, the infection can still be prevented from spreading, since the bone and connective tissue are not yet affected.

Stage 2: Periodontitis

At this stage, the supporting bone and fibers are gravely damaged. Your gums may begin to form a pocket below the gumline that can trap food and plaque. But with proper dental treatment and improved home care, greater damage may be prevented.

Stage 3: Advanced Periodontitis

The fibers and bone that keep your teeth together are completely destroyed. This causes your teeth to shift or loosen, which can entirely your bite. If extensive treatment cannot save them, your teeth may need to be removed.

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Signs You Have Gum Disease

If detected in its early stages, gum disease can be prevented or treated immediately. Please see your dentist if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Gums that are red, puffy, swollen, or tender
  • Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
  • Gums that have separated, or pulled away, from your teeth, creating a pocket
  • Pus coming from between your teeth and gums
  • Teeth that look longer because your gums have receded
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Signs You Have Gum Disease

If detected in its early stages, gum disease can be prevented or treated immediately. Please see your dentist if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
  • Gums that are red, puffy, swollen, or tender
  • Gums that bleed during brushing or flossing
  • Gums that have separated, or pulled away, from your teeth, creating a pocket
  • Pus coming from between your teeth and gums
  • Teeth that look longer because your gums have receded

Treatment

The early stages of gum disease can often be treated with proper brushing and flossing. Additionally, maintaining good oral health will help keep plaque from building up and causing infections.

The only way to remove plaque that has built up and hardened into tartar is through professional cleaning by your dentist or hygienist. They will clean or scale your teeth to remove the tartar above and below the gumline.

However, a root planing procedure may be performed if your condition is more severe. This smoothens irregularities on the roots of the teeth, which makes it more difficult for plaque to deposit there.

Early-stage gum disease can be treated before it leads to a much more serious condition by scheduling regular checkups with a specialist. If your condition is more advanced, a treatment in the dental office will be required.

Reach Out to Us

Get in touch with our staff for more details about our gum treatment options. We are more than willing to assist you!