Periodontal (Gum) Disease
Lake Oswego, OR
Gum disease accounts for approximately 70% of all tooth loss in adults. Early signs of gum disease include bleeding gums when flossing or brushing and gums that are red, inflamed, or swollen.
What is Gum Disease
Gum disease and tooth decay are caused by the same bacteria. These bacteria form plaque beneath the gum-line, which eats away at the bond between tooth and gum. If deterioration is allowed to continue, "pockets" form in between the teeth and the gums. Pockets deeper than 3ml may require special treatment to remove the bacteria and plaque. Without treatment and continuous maintenance, gum disease will eventually weaken the bonds that hold the teeth in place.
There is no permanent treatment for gum disease. However, it can be kept under control with proper personal hygiene and regular visits to a trained dentist or hygienist.
Here are some warning signs that can signal a problem:
|•||Gums that bleed easily.|
|•||Red, swollen, tender gums.|
|•||Gums that have pulled away from the teeth.|
|•||Persistent bad breath or bad taste.|
|•||Permanent teeth that are loose or separating.|
|•||Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.|
|•||Any change in the fit of partial dentures.|
There are many factors that increase the risk of developing gum disease including smoking, pregnancy, and diabetes. It is important to visit Dr. Sayyah if you suspect you have gum disease because the sooner you treat it the better.
The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis.If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.
Advanced gum disease is called periodontitis.Chronic periodontitis can lead to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth and it may become more severe over time. If it does, your teeth will feel loose and start moving around in your mouth. It usually gets worse slowly, but there can be periods of rapid progression.
Aggressive periodontitis is a highly destructive form of periodontal disease that occurs in patients who are otherwise healthy. Common features include rapid loss of tissue and bone and may occur in some areas of the mouth, or in the entire mouth.
Severe gum disease can affect more than your mouth.Research between systemic diseases and periodontal diseases is ongoing. While a link is not conclusive, some studies indicate that severe gum disease may be associated with several other health conditions such as diabetes or stroke.
Regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. The treatment methods that our dentists diagnose will depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good dental care at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring.
Scaling and Root PlaningHealthy gums are vital to the health of your mouth, gums that are infected can not properly support your teeth, and to remove the infection, we need to remove the source. Scaling will remove the source, and root planing will promote healing, while also decreasing the chance of future infection.
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