Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the tissues in your mouth. In advanced stages, periodontal disease can lead to sore, bleeding gums; painful chewing problems; and even tooth loss.
Periodontal disease affects millions of people worldwide and is the number one cause of tooth and oral bone loss. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatment options available to those suffering from this condition. The first step to beginning viable treatment is to determine if you have gum disease. If it is found that you have gum disease, different treatment options will be recommended to you. Gum disease is an inflammation of the gum line that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease happens when bacteria is allowed to infiltrate the gum tissue causing severe infection. The infection of the gums and tissues are caused by poor brushing and flossing habits that allow plaque to build up on the teeth and harden. In advanced stages, periodontal disease can lead to sore, bleeding gums; painful chewing problems; and even tooth loss.
When the gums suffer from inflammation and swelling due to plaque and tartar, pocket formation can occur between the gums and teeth. The worse the inflammation gets, the bigger the pockets are. As it pulls away from your teeth, this inflamed gum tissue is now the perfect venue for more plaque and tartar to hide, deepening the pocket and threatening the bone around your teeth. Bacteria, plaque and tartar get into these pockets and cause issues with gum and bone loss, which can cause teeth to become loose and fall out. Gum disease is incredibly common and is, unfortunately, the result of untreated gingivitis.
What is the treatment for Periodontal Disease?
There are multiple treatment options available to those who have gum disease that are specifically meant to stop the progression of the disease as well as retain oral health. Some of these treatments include:
- Regular deep cleanings
- Gingival rinses
- Bone grafting or skin grafting
- Removal of unhealthy gum tissue
Why is Periodontal Treatment important?
If you have gum disease, it is important that you have treatment done in order to retain the beauty and fullness of your smile. If left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss as well as bone loss, which can affect the way your smile is, as well as bone loss.
If you are in need of periodontal treatment, or would like to inquire more about this procedure contact us today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.