Periodontal disease causes pockets or spaces in the gum tissue, allowing bacteria to enter, and affects a large portion of the population. The buildup of plaque causes inflammation to the gums which create these pockets. Normal brushing cannot reach this buildup and overtime the pockets continue to get deeper. Without proper treatment, symptoms may include bad breath, red and puffy gums, bleeding gums and loose or sensitive teeth.
Gingivitis is the beginning stage of periodontal disease. Inflammation, tenderness and bleeding when brushing are symptoms of gingivitis. We will measure between the tooth and gums to determine the depth of any pockets that may be present.
Gum Disease Treatment
Gingivitis and gum disease treatment will prevent further destruction of teeth, gums, and bone, which can eventually lead to tooth loss. Depending on the extent of damage, a deep cleaning and scaling will be recommended and will typically be done with local anesthesia. The tissue will heal shortly after the buildup is removed from below the gum line.
Follow-up appointments are recommended to monitor the healing progress. Medicated rinses, consistent flossing and the use of an electric toothbrush are some suggested home treatments. Your dentist will discuss a thorough in-home follow-up care plan for you.