Gum Disease

Gum Disease

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. It affects almost half of all adults, making it one of the most prevalent oral-related diseases. Gum disease is completely preventable, since it typically starts out as gingivitis and minor gum inflammation. Over time, the disease progresses and causes the gums and bone to separate from the actual teeth.

Why do you need treatment for Gum Disease?

If gum disease goes untreated, you’ll find that you develop infections and deal with tooth loss quicker than you might like. Gum disease treatment puts an end to the spread of the disease so that you do not deal with the effects of aggressive infection. Anyone who has gum disease can benefit from treatment, so it is important to come in and have an exam done as soon as possible to determine the severity of the disease. Adult patients who have gum disease will have several treatment options available to them.

What makes you a good candidate for treatment of Gum Disease?

You’re a good candidate for gum disease treatment if you have minor, moderate or severe periodontal disease. During your bi-annual appointments, we’ll check your gums for signs of inflammation and bone loss. We can determine which type of treatment is best suited to your needs. Some of the most common procedures available to treat gum disease include laser therapy and routine scaling and root planing deep cleanings.

What can you expect during treatment for Gum Disease?

Gum disease treatment is specific to each individual patient. If you have just been diagnosed with gum disease, it is important to start treatment early to prevent it from spreading. Gum disease treatment often involves many procedures at regular intervals. This ensures that the disease is not allowed to spread and infect surrounding gum tissue. We can help in determining the right treatment option for you when you come in for your appointment.

If you have gum disease or think you may have this condition, call our office and we will work to get you seen by us at your earliest convenience.