Periodontitis, or gum disease, can inevitably lead to tooth loss when left untreated. “Periodontal” means “around the tooth” because periodontal disease affects the gums and bones supporting the teeth. Gum disease begins when the gums become inflamed due to bacteria in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth.
Over time, periodontitis leads to gum recession and loosens permanent teeth. At Dental Health Group, we restore gum health with periodontal disease treatment in our Colmar, PA, dental office.
Gum Disease: Causes and Symptoms
Harmful bacteria are the leading cause of periodontal disease; other factors can also be attributed to affecting the health of the gums and bone, including:
- Smoking or Tobacco Use
- Poor Nutrition
Gum disease comes in many forms. Gingivitis is perhaps the mildest form of gum disease. While the gums become red, swollen, and bleed easily, there is very little to no discomfort associated at this stage of the disease. A good oral hygiene regimen and treatment from your dentist can reverse gingivitis.
Periodontitis is another form of periodontal disease and can be aggressive or chronic. Aggressive periodontitis displays rapid bone destruction and attachment loss in clinically healthy patients. Chronic periodontitis is one of the most common forms of periodontal disease frequently seen in adults. The stages progress slowly and can be recognized by gum recession and pocket formation.
Periodontal Disease Treatment in Colmar, PA
In certain cases, periodontal surgery may be recommended to treat periodontal disease when non-surgical treatment is ineffective. To treat periodontal disease, we may advise procedures such as pocket reduction, soft tissue grafts, or bone regeneration. Dental implants are always an option for permanent tooth replacement if a tooth has been lost due to periodontal disease.
Good oral hygiene and regular visits with your dentist and periodontist can prevent periodontal disease. Daily brushing and flossing can keep plaque to a minimum and, in conjunction with professional cleanings 2-4 times a year, can keep your teeth healthy for life.
Restore Your Gums
Are you noticing changes in your gum health? Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? Contact our office for an examination or periodontal therapy today at (215) 774-6702. You can also schedule a dental consultation with our team on our website.