Advanced levels of gum disease may be hard to combat, but there are several ways to keep this progressive gum disease off the charts during the initial stages. Your routine dental checkups play a vital role in eliminating and controlling any signs of developing gum disease. Failing to do so can lead the way for the bacteria to grow and infect several other tissues of the gums.
A prolonged infection that inflicts the tissues of the gum line into the jawbones can be termed as gum disease. Gum disease has several stages of damage based on its intensity. The three stages of gum disease are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.
The signs are symptoms of gum disease are:
Any infection, when left untreated, tends to spread and progress. And that's precisely the case of your oral gum disease.
Gingivitis is the first stage of your gum disease. It mainly occurs when bacterial plaque does not leave your oral cavity. Gingivitis is easily reversible by adhering to regular brushing and flossing. Professional cleaning at the dentist's office can assure its removal.
This is the second stage of your advanced gum disease. It progresses from gingivitis when initial signs of the condition are left untreated. Advancing from gingivitis has its consequences. The toxins that are produced from bacterial plaque affects not only your gums but also bones and ligaments. This can eventually lead to loose teeth structures and would require surgical removal. However, not every case of periodontitis would have to progress at this point.
The first non-surgical means of treating gum disease would be scaling and root planing. It involves scraping and removing plaque and tartar off your teeth surface. This prevents further build up and stops bacteria from gathering again.
Bacteria tend to hide and divide inside the gum pockets of your mouth. As this area is inaccessible, cleaning deeper regions of your gum pockets may require pocket reduction or flap surgery. This would allow dentists to remove infectious bacteria and treat damaged bone surfaces.
Gum grafts are mainly done to treat exposed surfaces of your teeth. It involves taking gum tissue from your palate and covering the roots.
Periodontal treatment is an essential step in treating gum disease. Call us to schedule your appointment for further details today.