If your gums are red, swollen, tender or bleed easily, you may need periodontal (or gum) therapy.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria causes inflammation and infects the gum tissues. When it is left untreated it can eventually can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss and gum tissue recession.
In addition to swollen, red, tender and bleeding gums, other common symptoms of periodontal disease include:
persistent bad breath
receding gums that make your teeth appear longer than normal
Following an exam at our office, we will be able to determine whether you suffer from periodontal disease.
The treatment for gum disease is based upon your specific dental needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, our dentist may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings) or gum surgery. We strive to help you restore your oral health and halt the progression of the disease.
Because gum disease is serious, make sure to keep your cleanings every six months. Call or visit us today to learn more about periodontal treatment – and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee, Dr. Huffman or Dr. Clark.