What are the symptoms of gum disease?
Gingivitis may have very few or no noticeable symptoms, which is why it’s important to visit the dentist regularly for routine checkups. Periodontal disease usually makes itself known through one or more of the following symptoms:
- Swollen, Tender, or Bleeding Gums
- Red or Dark Red Gums
- Loose or Suddenly Sensitive Teeth
- Receding Gums
- Painful Chewing
- Chronic Bad Breath
What are the stages of gum disease?
Gum disease always begins as gingivitis, and it’s the only stage of gum disease that is completely reversible. The treatment for gingivitis is usually routine professional dental cleanings (at least twice per year) and a thorough at-home oral care routine. The following three stages are slight, moderate, and severe periodontal disease. Once it develops into periodontal disease, the bacteria are attacking the bone structure, and a dental professional will have to step in to treat it. Fortunately, periodontal disease can be managed through proper treatment.
How is periodontal disease treated?
Periodontal disease usually requires deep cleanings that include scaling and root planing. Scaling is done to remove the plaque and tartar that has been building up beneath the gum line in the gum pockets, and root planing smooths the roots of each tooth to help the gums reattach to the teeth. It is a careful and precise process that can require a few appointments to completely clean each section of the mouth. Our team also uses advanced laser dentistry to treat periodontal disease efficiently and with minimal pain and soreness.