Gum disease, often referred to as periodontal disease, is a condition that should not be taken lightly. The dental team of Rush Creek Dentistry encourages patients to take this problem seriously and understand the implications of developing an irreversible condition. Our periodontal team at Rush Creek Dentistry can help in not only diagnosing periodontal disease but provide treatment for gum disease patients.
This condition is an infection that develops within the oral cavity typically due to poor oral health care habits with risk factors that include diabetes, tobacco use and grinding and/or clenching. This means not brushing and flossing the teeth on a regular basis. By avoiding this, patients are putting their oral health at risk not only for periodontal disease but for cavities as well.
Treatment for gum disease will vary greatly depending upon the stage at which it has achieved. The earlier stages of gum disease may cause the development of gingivitis. Gingivitis is the beginning of more serious stages of periodontal disease and can be reversed. Patients with gingivitis may notice they have bad breath that seems to persist even with brushing of the teeth and tongue. Gingivitis patients may notice bleeding of the gums when they brush or floss, an indication of an underlying infection. Red, swollen gums are also a clue that this condition may be serious. Patients who notice these issues are encouraged to contact Rush Creek Dentistry for an examination and discuss the possibility of treatment. Treatment at this stage often includes a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums.
If gingivitis is not treated as soon as possible, patients may be at risk for developing periodontitis or periodontal disease. This later stage includes more severe bleeding (in most cases however smokers tend to bleed less), recession of the gums, and more infection that can become painful. This is why it is important for patients to handle the condition at the earlier point in time when it can be easily addressed. The treatment of periodontitis usually requires scaling and root planing, a cleaning that goes deeper below the gum tissue to clean the roots. If the disease progresses to a severe form, scaling and root planning may not be an effective solution. In this case the specialty treatments of a periodontist will be required to effectively address disease.
The periodontist may have to perform periodontal surgery. At Rush Creek Dentistry we have a board certified periodontist available to address these concerns so call us today!