I just want my teeth cleaned! We hear that often and many times that will be all you need.
However, many patients have a disease and are not aware of it. Periodontal disease otherwise known as gum disease is a serious condition that must be treated.
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth (also known as the periodontium) form the foundation for ones teeth.
When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house.
Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth.
There are two major stages of gum disease: Gingivitis and Periodontitis.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and can be treated and reversed if diagnosed early. The signs and symptoms are red, swollen and puffy gums that bleed easily.
If treatment is not received, gingivitis could lead to periodontitis.
Periodontitis is the serious and advanced stage of gum disease which includes bone loss and can be irreversible.
The gum tissue and bone surrounding the teeth could become seriously damaged and the teeth affected could become loose and fall out.
Any of these signs may mean something is wrong.
New studies show that periodontal disease is linked to heart attacks and strokes.
Our hygienists are trained and educated in the latest treatment techniques and can help you get back to a healthy state as expediently as possible.
The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing, sometimes requiring local anesthetic, along with the placement of local antibiotic agents.
If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.
While gum disease is a very serious dental condition, it can be prevented. Regular dental check ups are a key factor in early detection of gum disease.
Regular dental visits play an important role in diagnosing periodontal disease early.
These links will help you understand the risk factors and treatment.