Gum disease, also called periodontal disease is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria inflame and infect the gum tissues and when left untreated can eventually cause the gums to pull away from teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss and gum tissue recession.
If your gums are swollen, red or tender or if your gums bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease. Other common symptoms of gum disease include loose teeth, painful chewing, persistent bad breath and receding gums that make your teeth appear longer than normal. Following an exam at our office, Dr. Damon Wright and the dental hygienist determine wether you suffer from periodontal disease.
The treatment for gum disease is based upon your specific dental needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, Dr. Damon Wright may recommend additional professional dental cleaning, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) or gum surgery. We strive to help you restore your oral health and halt the progress of the disease. For more information on periodontal treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our office soon. We look forward t caring for your smile!