What’s the most common disease in the United States? Gum disease. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, comes in different forms and degrees. It can be a mild case, known as gingivitis, or a more advanced case, called periodontitis.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection caused by oral bacteria. When bacteria hardens into tartar below the gum line, the soft tissues can become infected. This infection can spread to the bones and supporting structures of the mouth.
The first symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red and swollen gums
- Gums that are tender or in pain
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
Why Treat Gum Disease?
When gum disease is not treated, the infection spreads throughout the tissues and bone. Periodontitis can ultimately result in tooth and bone loss. Tooth and bone loss will make it very difficult to chew, speak, and of course, to feel confident.
Increase your Health with Periodontal Therapy
Your periodontal therapy will vary based on the current stage of your gum disease. The earliest form of gum disease can be reversed with a simple dental cleaning and improved at-home care. If your condition has progressed significantly, we have some effective treatments to battle the disease.
Root Planing | Your dental professionals can smooth out the rough spots on your tooth roots. This will prevent dangerous bacteria from grabbing on easily.
Scaling | During this procedure, we will work on the source of the infection. We will remove the hardened plaque from underneath the gums.
Antibiotics | Taking antibiotics is a simple way to combat your infection.
Surgery | In serious cases, Dr. Bulzomi may refer you to an excellent periodontist. Only a qualified periodontist can perform surgery for advanced gum disease.
There is a high possibility that you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from gum disease. You can prevent or treat gum disease by coming into Legendary Smiles for an examination. Give us a call today!