Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums and bone that surround the teeth, and it’s one of the most common and damaging dental problems in the entire world. We’ll keep an eye on your gums whenever you come to see us, and if we ever spot a problem, we’ll use periodontal therapy to quickly take care of it. If you have red, swollen, or tender gums that bleed easily, you may already have this condition, so be sure to contact us today for treatment!
Gum disease is an incredibly common oral health problem that currently affects about half of the American population. In fact, over 70% of people are affected by some type of gum disease throughout their life. This problem is so common because it’s caused by poor dental hygiene. Unfortunately, many people don’t brush, floss, and see their dentist regularly, leading to more severe cases of this issue.
Gum disease in Lake Highlands can be completely reversed if it’s caught early on, which is why it’s vital to know and recognize these common symptoms:
There are various stages of gum disease, and each stage requires different treatment. The first is called gingivitis—an inflammation of the gums that is typically characterized by slight bleeding. This stage can usually be reversed through a good oral healthcare routine at home and regular cleanings with our office. However, if it progresses into periodontal disease, we will need to perform a more involved treatment called scaling and root planing (also known as a deep cleaning). The last stage is advanced gum disease, where surgery may be required to stop the infection from further damaging your supportive tissue, jawbone, and teeth.
Scaling and root planing are the gold standard for periodontal therapy, as they allow us to treat periodontal disease at its source. Your hygienist will use an ultrasonic cleaner to clear away any plaque or tartar that has formed near your gum line. The result is healthy gums that no longer bleed when you brush, fresh breath and greater confidence.
Typically, it requires a few appointments to complete an entire scaling and root planing treatment, and the exact number will be based on your particular situation. In any case, we’ll gently numb the area we intend to treat so you will remain completely comfortable the entire time. Afterward, you’ll be asked to come in for more frequent regular cleanings so we can make sure you’re healing correctly as well as protect you from developing gum disease again.