Gum Disease Treatment (LANAP)
Gum Disease Treatment in Luzerne County, PA
Gum disease is a common problem that can affect people of all ages. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to serious health problems and tooth loss. At Casey Dental, we treat gum diseases to restore health to your smile. Our experienced dentists will find a treatment plan that meets your needs and fits your budget. Contact us today to learn more about our services!
What is gum disease (periodontal disease)?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums that can eventually lead to tooth loss. It is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. If plaque remains long enough, it hardens into tartar, which can only be removed with a professional cleaning. Over time, tartar can irritate and inflame the gums, causing them to pull away from the teeth. This creates pockets where more plaque can accumulate, leading to further irritation and inflammation. If left untreated, this can damage the bones and connective tissue that support the teeth, eventually leading to tooth loss.
The Symptoms of Each Stage of Gum Disease
Gum disease occurs in three stages: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of the disease and can progress to periodontitis if left untreated.
Gingivitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the gums. If gingivitis is not treated, it can progress to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease. Symptoms include red, swollen, and bleeding gums. The gums may also be tender or painful. Sometimes, the mouth may have bad breath or a bad taste. Gingivitis is usually reversible with good oral hygiene. This involves brushing twice daily, flossing daily, and seeing a dentist regularly for professional cleanings.
Periodontitis is a condition affecting the tissues and bone supporting the teeth. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis is usually painless, so without regular dental exams, it is often not detected until there is significant damage to the teeth and gums.
Advanced periodontitis is a severe gum disease that can lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems. While periodontitis typically develops slowly, over time, it can progress to the point where it starts to destroy the bone and connective tissue that support the teeth. If left untreated, advanced periodontitis can eventually lead to tooth loss.
How to Prevent Gum Disease
Scaling and Root Planing
Periodontal deep cleaning is essential to regular dental hygiene for people at risk of gum disease. Scaling and root planing is used to remove plaque and tartar below the gumline, and smooth the tooth root to prevent bacteria from reattaching.
Dentists may also recommend using medicated mouthwashes or antibiotics to help control the infection.
Depending on the severity of your gum disease, surgical treatments may be necessary to remove damaged tissue and bone. Flap surgery involves lifting back the gum tissue to remove plaque and tartar from the exposed surfaces of the teeth and roots. Bone or soft tissue grafts may also be necessary to achieve optimal results.
How to Prevent Gum Disease
Good oral hygiene can prevent gum disease from developing. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss regularly. Regular dental cleanings remove the plaque and tartar buildup that causes gum problems and will allow your dentist to give you an early diagnosis. If you smoke or use tobacco products, quitting can also significantly reduce your risk of disease.
Can gum tissue recover from periodontal disease?
You can control gum disease with treatment, and the tissue can recover in many cases. However, it is essential to note that once you have this disease, you are at a higher risk of developing it again in the future. Therefore, practicing good oral hygiene habits and visiting our office regularly for checkups and cleanings is essential.
Casey Dental can help prevent or treat gum disease!
Casey dental provides the highest quality dental care to help you prevent or treat gum disease. Our experienced dentists will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your needs. So contact our office today to set an appointment and get started on improving your oral health!