Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums surrounding your teeth. Gum disease is one of the top reasons for tooth loss in adults, and because it is virtually pain-free, many patients do not know they have the disease. Early detection of gum disease is one very good reason to maintain a routine of regular dental check-ups.
Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, when the gums become red and swollen, and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is easily treatable and can usually be eliminated with proper daily brushing and flossing.
If left untreated, gingivitis will advance into periodontitis. Periodontitis causes serious and irreversible damage to the gums and bone that support the teeth. Gums infected with periodontitis can cause teeth to become loose, fall out, or be removed by a dentist.
At Community Dental, we know that prevention and treatment of gum disease is critical to maintaining a healthy smile and good oral health. Your dentist will monitor you for gum disease at your regular check-ups and recommend an appropriate treatment if there are any signs of gingivitis or periodontitis.
If you have gum disease, we offer a range of non-surgical and surgical treatments depending on the severity of each individual case. Treatments we might recommend in order to help you save your smile include:
- Use of an at-home periodontal tray
- Scaling and root planning (deep cleaning)
- Periodontal surgery or laser gum surgery
- Dental implants