Gum Disease Treatment
Treatment for Gum Disease in Phoenix
A Complete Periodontal Exam
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Understanding Gum Disease Types: Gingivitis vs Periodontitis
The most likely gum disease most people have involves gingivitis. This is the regular inflammation of the gums when there is food trapped in them, poor flossing and dental care, and carrying on with a less-than-stellar diet. While this condition can involve bleeding, gingivitis does not rise to the level of concern that affects one’s general health and contributes to chronic illness. That said, it can’t be ignored either; gingivitis can eventually change into periodontal disease.
The second category, periodontitis, is far more serious. This involves advanced gum disease that goes after both the gum and the bone underlying it. Severe cases regularly see tooth and jaw bone loss as infection and damage spread. Teeth falling out is a common symptom as well as a fundamental facial structure change as the facial tissue loses structure from bone loss. Once the bone loss occurs, the natural condition can’t be reversed.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Once gum disease has been identified, even with good flossing and brushing, it’s time for professional cleaning during the exam appointment. After probing the extent of the gum receding and any damage that has occurred, our dentist will confirm if there is in fact periodontitis present. Advanced cleaning may be needed, especially if the plaque has hardened below the normal gum line.
Utilizing an approach known as scaling and root planing, our dental team will remove all the established plaque that has built up and smooth out any ridges or aberrations caused by bacteria and initial damage. This then provides for a smooth tooth surface below the gum line that the gums can reattach to successfully during healing. Additionally, Paradise Ridge Dentistry also provides a laser gum treatment that effectively eliminates bacteria under the gum line, a common factor for new infections and inflammation going forward.
There’s no need to continue to put your teeth at risk of eventual loss. Paradise Ridge Dentistry can help protect your teeth and help them heal, reversing gum disease damage and giving you a long-lasting smile. Be that 25 percent without gum disease instead of the typical three out of four suffering from it. It’s your smile and teeth.
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