Are You Dealing With Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a progressive condition that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. In its early stage, known as gingivitis, gums become inflamed due to plaque buildup at the gum line. Over time, the inflammation can spread and deepen throughout your gums. This can result in bone and tissue loss and the formation of periodontal pockets. At Greater Dental Health, we personalize our treatments to fit our patients’ unique needs.

What Are the Risks of Untreated Periodontal Disease?

The risks of untreated periodontal disease are numerous and include the following:

  • Tooth loss
  • Increased sensitivity, root exposure, and breakdown of support structures for your teeth
  • Systemic diseases
  • Bad breath (halitosis),
  • painful chewing or biting experiences
  • Bone loss around teeth causing jawbone deterioration

The Stages of Gum Disease

Gingivitis or Gum Inflammation

Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease and is marked by gum inflammation or swelling, which can occur in response to plaque buildup. The damage can be reversed at this stage with basic oral hygiene practices and professional dental care.

Slight Periodontal Disease

When left untreated, gingivitis can develop into more severe forms of periodontal disease. During this stage, bacteria still inhabit the mouth and begin to break down the gum tissue and bone structure around the teeth.

Moderate Periodontal Disease

This is the third stage of gum disease and is marked by the spread of bacteria to the bones in the mouth and the bloodstream. In this stage, gums can become highly infected and cause gum pain and bleeding.

Advanced Periodontal Disease

If gingivitis is left untreated, it can develop into severe periodontitis. Infection can spread below the gum line, pockets begin to develop around your teeth, and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Teeth can loosen and eventually fall out.

Gum Disease Treatment Options

At-Home Care

At-home care is the first step in treating gum disease. This includes brushing twice daily and flossing daily. Avoiding sugary foods and drinks can also help keep your mouth clean. Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash can also help kill bacteria.

Deep Cleaning

You may need a deep cleaning if your gum pockets are deeper. Our dentist may recommend scaling and root planing in these cases. Our dentist will scrape away tartar from the gum line and smooth the tooth roots to help prevent new bacteria from accumulating.

Laser Gum Disease Treatments

Laser gum disease treatment is a minimally invasive technique that uses a focused beam of light to target and remove infected tissue while leaving healthy tissue untouched, promoting faster healing times with less discomfort for patients.

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5210 Town Center Blvd, Ste. 310
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

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