Gum disease is more than just irritating bleeding gums; it's a severe and progressive condition that, over time, can lead to tooth loss, substantially impacting your quality of life. Gingivitis, an inflammation that can evolve into periodontitis, can gravely harm the bone and soft tissue that attach to the teeth in advanced stages. However, the early stages of gum disease can be treated at Carlston Dental Group, using non-surgical periodontal disease therapies, including scaling and root planing, antibiotics, and periodontal care.
Gingivitis is common when the gums become inflamed due to plaque buildup on the teeth. Plaque is a thin biofilm that constantly forms on teeth. If plaque is not removed by brushing and flossing daily, it eventually hardens into tartar. This irritates the gum tissues and causes them to become red and swollen. The gums bleed easily and become susceptible to infection. Without treatment for this condition, it can escalate into periodontitis.
When plaque isn’t removed, it can harden into tartar, which a dentist can only remove. Once this calculus forms on your teeth, your gums can become irritated and red. As the infection progresses, your gums may begin to pull away from your teeth, causing periodontal pockets to form. These pockets collect food particles and bacteria, which can cause further irritation to your gums. Over time, your gums will recede, resulting in loose teeth and sensitive gums. If left untreated, the infection can eventually spread to the underlying bone and cause additional tooth loss. The symptoms of periodontal disease can range from very mild to severe, depending on how far the disease has progressed. If you are experiencing any symptoms, we recommend that you contact our practice right away to schedule an appointment.