Gum disease affects nearly half of all American adults. In its minor stages, it can still be reversed. But if it is left untreated, it can become irreversible and cause serious damage to your teeth and gums. The most advanced stages of gum disease can even result in tooth loss. If you suspect that you may have gum disease, contact Rocky Mountain Dental Co. at 719-544-7672 today to receive periodontal care right away.
Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) occurs due to poor oral hygiene, though other factors can contribute. When you do not brush or floss properly, plaque (a clear, sticky film made of bacteria) begins to build up between your teeth and gums. Eventually, this plaque hardens into tartar.
The bacteria in plaque and tartar attack your gums, causing swelling and inflammation. Over time, these bacteria will continue to infect your gums if left untreated. Eventually, the support structures of your teeth will be attacked, causing permanent damage to your teeth and causing issues like loose teeth, or even the loss of multiple teeth.
In the early stages, gum disease typically has minor symptoms, such as:
As the disease progresses, the symptoms also become more severe:
If you recognize any of these signs and symptoms, come to our office to get help right away. Contact Rocky Mountain Dental Co. to get periodontal care from Dr. Dave and ensure you keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Yes, and no. Gingivitis is the term used to refer to the very first stage of gum disease. This stage is reversible and causes no permanent damage to your teeth or gums. With proper periodontal care and good at-home oral hygiene, gingivitis can be eliminated.
However, gingivitis can also progress into the second stage of gum disease (often called periodontitis). If this happens, irreversible damage is caused to your teeth and gums, and it will no longer be possible to completely eliminate the infection. We can only control it to prevent further damage.
This is why it’s so important to contact Rocky Mountain Dental Co. and get care for gingivitis as soon as you notice its symptoms. Early intervention will prevent further complications and allow you to reverse the effects of gum disease.
Typically, treatment will begin with one or more scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) treatments. In this procedure, Dr. Dave will use special tools to remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth and smooth out the roots of your teeth to eliminate bacteria. Antibiotics are also typically used to kill the bacteria that cause gum disease.
Sometimes, a deep cleaning alone may not be enough to resolve your gum disease. In this case, Dr. Dave may need to discuss additional surgical treatment options like gum flap surgery.