Expert Care for your Long-Term Health
The word “periodontal” refers to the gums and supporting structures around your teeth. Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, causes inflamed gums and jawbone damage. The infection begins when the gums release toxins due to a buildup of bacteria on the teeth.
Factors like smoking or tobacco use, stress, genetics, pregnancy, poor nutrition, and diabetes make some patients more prone to gum disease, but everyone is at risk. Over half of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease.
Forms of Gum Disease
Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease, resulting in red and swollen gums that bleed easily. There is little to no discomfort involved with this first stage of periodontal disease, and it can usually be reversed with good hygiene.
Periodontitis is the most advanced stage of gum disease and it can be aggressive. Aggressive periodontitis results in rapid bone destruction and tooth loss. Chronic periodontitis is characterized by slow gum recession and pocket formation.
A patient may suffer from mild, moderate, or severe gum disease, but all stages require urgent care. The sooner you find relief from gum disease, the safer you are from bone degeneration and permanent tooth loss.
Gum Treatments at Expressions Dental Care
Scaling and root planing, or deep cleanings for gum disease, are a successful treatment for mild to moderate cases. We use advanced tools to gently remove plaque from the gum line and smooth out your dental roots. The procedure both removes threatening bacteria and prevents it from accumulating in the future.
For more advanced periodontitis, pocket irrigation or antibiotic treatments may become necessary. We also provide minor gum surgeries to restore your periodontal health. You can learn more about your needs through a consultation with Dr. John Han today.
We hope you will find that your time with us is pleasant and successful. Our experts take time with each patient to get to know them personally so they can better serve their needs. To schedule your exam or consultation, call Expressions Dental Care.