Millions of Americans are unaware of the serious consequences of gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can wreak havoc on your smile health as well as your overall health. Therefore, when it comes to gum disease treatment, we pursue excellence at Vital Smiles. Our Midfield office can treat periodontal disease symptoms with the latest technology and technique. We have a team of skilled and knowledgeable dentists who value the importance of early detection and proactive treatment. While we always evaluate your gum health during routine dental exams, we may recommend more extensive monitoring or a deep cleaning if you are at a greater risk. Factors such as poor oral hygiene, heredity and tobacco use can all increase your risk for gum disease.
Symptoms & Causes of Gum Disease
Gum disease is marked by the presence of infection within the gums. Gum disease may begin as gingivitis, where the gums are red, swollen and may bleed easily. This is the most treatable stage of gum disease. Improved oral hygiene habits and a deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) can typically reverse the condition. However, if gum disease is allowed to advance, the gums can recede and pull away from the tooth root. This causes deep pockets of gum tissue to form, which harbors additional bacteria and furthers the infection. Uncontrolled periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and the destruction of surrounding bone.
If you notice the following symptoms of gum disease, please let us know as soon as possible:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Chronic bad breath
Although we offer a variety of advanced gum disease therapies, we also make sure our patients understand ways to prevent this serious oral health condition. Our dentists take the time to explain the specific risk factors and harmful habits that may lead to gum disease. If you are currently suffering from gum disease symptoms, we are confident that we can get your condition under control.
Contact us today to schedule your gum treatment in Midfield. At Vital Smiles, we are committed to your smile and your overall well-being.