The gums are just as important as the teeth when it comes to your oral health. They hold the teeth in position and cover and protect the root surfaces. When it comes to aesthetics, healthy-looking gums enhance your smile and can dramatically improve your appearance. That is why caring for your gums and preventing common issues like gingivitis and periodontitis are essential. 

What Is Gum Disease? 

The plaque and tartar that accumulate on the surfaces of the teeth are the leading cause of gum disease. They are packed with bacteria that feed on the sugars in your mouth and release acids. These acids can decay tooth enamel and gum tissue and cause infections. Left untreated, gum disease can eventually lead to loose teeth and even tooth loss. 

The symptoms of gum disease include:

  • Decay of the gum tissues
  • Bleeding gums and even pain in the gums 
  • Severe bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Deep gum pockets
  • Infection spreading to the nearby tissues which can eventually cause jawbone deterioration and tooth loss 

What Is Periodontitis?

The early stage of gum disease, known as gingivitis, usually has less obvious symptoms such as bleeding gums when you brush or floss. However, if left untreated, the condition can escalate to a more severe form known as periodontitis. 

Periodontitis is the more advanced stage of gum disease and has more obvious symptoms like receding gums and persistent bad breath. Its effects can be reversed with proper treatment and it can be kept under control with the help of medication and specialized procedures.

How Is Gum Disease Treated?

First, the dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums, diagnose your condition, and assess its severity. Next, the treatment plan will be explained to you in detail. The treatment plan may include procedures to eliminate decayed or infected gum tissue or to restore lost gum tissue, known as gum grafting. 

The infected tissueswill be removed using a specialized laser, which instantly vaporizes them. This procedure is painless and way quicker than its alternatives. Next, the infected region will be grafted with healthy tissue extracted from a different part of the mouth, preferably the palate. During the subsequent healing period, the newly grafted tissue will fuse with the existing one and restore your gums.

Medication may also be prescribed, which could be in the form of oral pills or in a powder form, which has to be placed directly under the gum line so that the spread of the infection is arrested. After their procedures, patients will need to adhere to a strict oral hygiene routine to prevent the infection from reoccurring.

If you notice any of the symptoms of gum disease, contact our practice immediately so we can help treat the condition before it causes any further damage to your smile. To schedule your appointment, contact us at (623) 300-5432.


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Phone: (623) 300-5432

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Phone: (623) 300-5432