Many patients only think about their teeth when they go to the dentist. However, your gum health is just as important. Once bacteria have broken through the surface of your gums, you are at an increased risk for infection, inflammation, and tooth and/or bone loss.
Gum disease, if caught early can be reversed. However, if left untreated, it can turn into periodontal disease which cannot be reversed. Whenever it progresses to periodontal disease, periodontal treatment is needed.
Periodontal treatment is necessary when various conditions affect the health of your gums and the regions of your jawbone that hold your teeth in place. When your gums become unhealthy, they can either recede or become swollen and red. In later stages, the supporting bone is destroyed and your teeth will shift, loosen, or fall out. These changes not only affect your ability to chew and speak. They also spoil your smile.
Periodontal disease can be maintained with periodontal or deep cleanings. Spotting and treating periodontal disease is the best way to maintain good oral health and keep the function and appearance of the smile you love. If you feel like you might have gum disease, schedule an appointment with us today.