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Periodontal disease is when the gum tissue around your teeth become inflamed, and it can lead to such serious problems like tooth loss and infections if it has not been diagnosed or treated properly.
There are three stages of gum disease: 1st – gingivitis, 2nd – periodontitis, and 3rd – advanced periodontitis. While your dentist is performing your dental exam, he/she will check your gums for the disease. Common signs for gum disease are swollen gums, red gums, separated gums, receded gums, bleeding when you brush your teeth or floss, and persistent bad breath. It depends on how severe your gum disease is when it happens to be diagnosed, but there are surgical and nonsurgical methods; like root planning, scaling, gum surgery, antibiotics, gum tissue, tooth extraction, and grafting.
Periodontal disease will range from mild to severe, and Crest Family Dental can choose the right treatment all based on the condition of your gums. One of the more easy and common gum treatments used is root planing and scaling, a nonsurgical method of deep cleaning of the gum pockets. Your dentist might prescribe an antibiotic to help reduce the inflammation caused by scaling and root planing if it happens that your case is more advanced. The third stage in the periodontal disease, your dentist most of the time will decide on a surgical procedure: regenerative procedures, laser gum surgery, and pocket reduction procedures.
When the gums have been restored to good health after the periodontal procedure, it is still important to keep up good oral care daily routine so you can prevent the periodontal disease recurrences. You need to talk to Crest Family Dental about what your home routine should be with flossing, proper brushing, and whatever else your dentist will recommend. You still need to come to the dentist’s office two times a year for your professional cleaning and a dental exam once a year.
Periodontal disease is a type of infection that is caused by a bacterial plaque which is a sticky, thick layer of bacteria (biofilm) that will collect at your gum line if you do not perform effective daily oral hygiene.
If left for long periods, plaque can cause inflammation that will gradually get your gums to separate from your teeth – then form spaces called “periodontal pockets.” The pockets are a place for the bacteria to reproduce. If the infection goes untreated, it will spread from the gums to the bone. If that happens, your teeth will get loose and eventually fall out.
When Dr. Shivareddy is treating your gum disease, he usually will try to start with a non-surgical approach such as:
There are times when the nonsurgical methods are not enough to stop the periodontal infection, tighten loose teeth, and restore oral tissues healthy. Maintaining good oral hygiene is your best chance to stay disease-free.