Gum Disease Treatment
Serving Portland and Hawthorne
Treatments for gum disease vary depending on each individual, however, our main objective in treating your periodontal disease is to first control the infection of your gums and teeth. Treatments include scaling and root planing, laser removal of plaque, periodontal surgery, prescription medications, and anti-microbial mouth rinses.
What is Gingivitis, Periodontitis and Gum Disease?
Almost half of all Americans have some form of gum disease. Periodontal disease is the result of plaque buildup that has infected your gums, teeth and supporting bones. The plaque buildup causes swelling and inflammation of the gums and typically manifests itself in three stages. The first stage is gingivitis which is the mildest form of gum disease. Gingivitis is characterized by tenderness in the gums and bleeding when brushing and flossing. The second stage is periodontitis which is distinguished by the roots of your teeth becoming infected resulting in receding gums. The third and final stage is advanced periodontitis. This is characterized by the bones holding your teeth together being substantially damaged due to the infection caused by excessive plaque buildup. This can result in your teeth becoming loose, and ultimately tooth loss if your periodontal disease remains untreated.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
Sometimes the symptoms associated with gum disease can be elusive and difficult to identify. Regular dental visits will ensure it is caught promptly which translates into easier treatment. Proper diagnosis needs to come from a dental hygienist or dentist, however, there are some tell-tale signs that can indicate possible gum disease. If your gums are red, swollen, receded, has pus, or if you have chronic bad breath you may have gum disease.
What should I do if I have gum disease?
Daily oral health care is a must for prevention. Failure to maintain regular oral maintenance can result in the loss of your teeth. You should brush at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day. In addition, you must keep up with regularly scheduled periodontal maintenance services to ensure optimal oral health.
A diagnosis can be disconcerting, and here at Heritage Dental, we understand how that must feel. We would like to reassure you that our team of experienced professionals are compassionate and have your comfort and oral health as our top priority. Please call us today to schedule an appointment or for more information.