Early treatment is the best way of preventing gingivitis from becoming an even bigger issue. Contact Dental Care 4U in South Holland, IL for a dentist who can diagnose and effectively treat gum disease.
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Periodontitis, or gum disease, begins as gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when plaque and bacteria build up in your mouth. At this stage, the gums become inflamed and will often bleed during regular toothbrushing. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to gum disease. The gums will begin to pull away from the teeth and form pockets. Unwanted bacteria grows in these pockets between your gum and teeth and causes infections that can spread.
Good oral hygiene is critical to preventing gum disease. A professional cleaning goes further by scraping the plaque from your teeth. To treat gum disease, you will have to receive periodontal treatment to clear out the infection and restore your damaged tissue.
Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling is a deep cleaning under the gums. Root planing smooths out the root leaving it smoother which helps to prevent future build ups.
Gingivectomy: When gum disease is left untreated, empty space form between the teeth and gums. These pockets can harbor bacteria and lead to great damage. To repair the pockets, your periodontist will pull back the gums to thoroughly remove the plaque and to allow the gum tissue to regrow.
Dental Crown Lengthening: When you have gum disease, your gums may look puffy and feel tender. We can treat this by removing some of the excess gum tissue. The procedure reveals more of the tooth and gives the appearance of longer teeth.
More than 46% of adults in America are likely to have some level of gum disease. If caught early, your periodontist can prevent the gingivitis from progressing.
The earliest symptom is bleeding gums when you brush or floss. It’s best to seek treatment as soon as possible. How can I prevent gum disease? Everyone knows that good oral care starts with flossing, brushing and rinsing. But did you know that drinking a lot of water helps, too? Sugary drinks can feed the bacteria in your mouth. Not only does water have no sugar, but it also helps to wash away bacteria.
Yes. The earlier we catch the signs of gum disease, the more likely you are to have a quick recovery. More severe case require additional treatments that may include extractions, bone grafting or root canal work.
If you think you may be suffering from gum disease, call us today at (708) 232-0403 to make an appointment.