FACT: 75 percent of people in the United States are suffering from some degree of gum disease and are not even aware of it.
Gum disease is a condition that progresses gradually and one may not be able to realize they are suffering from it without expert dental help. In its early stages, when the disease affects only the gums, it is known as gingivitis. If gingivitis is left untreated, the infection penetrates into the bone and tissue supporting the teeth, leading to the advanced stage of gum disease, also known as periodontitis. Periodontitis could cause tooth loss and bone deterioration.
Symptoms of gum disease:
- Red, swollen, tender or bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
- Gums that recede or are moving away from the tooth
- Visible pus surrounding the gums and teeth
The treatment depends on the severity of the infection and the type of gum disease. If the problem is detected in early stages and the bone structure supporting the teeth has not been damaged, then a professional dental cleaning can help you get rid of the problem. This involves the removal of tartar and calculus from the root surfaces with a technique called scaling and root planing. Antimicrobial and antibiotic products may be prescribed to assist healing. For treating advanced stages of gum disease, periodontal surgery may be needed to eliminate bone infections and regenerate lost bone.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of gum disease or if you are looking for treatments, schedule an appointment at Dental Crown in an Hour. We are located at:
Naples: 9960 Business Circle Unit # 14 Naples, FL 34112 (239) 330-3842
Fort Myers: 16960 Alico Mission Way Ste 100-101 Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239) 322-3473