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Prevent and Reverse Gum Disease

Periodontal Care in Porters Neck

Gum disease affects more than half of all American adults, though many do not know they suffer from this common dental health issue. Without proper treatment, minor cases of gum disease (gingivitis) can progress and cause serious, irreversible damage to your teeth and gums. Visiting Dr. Friberg at Thrive Family Dental for regular dental cleanings and periodontal care will help keep your teeth and gums on the right track, and ensure that we catch and treat any signs of periodontal disease as early as possible.

Understanding The Stages Of Gum Disease

The earliest, most common stage of gum disease is called “gingivitis.” At this stage of the disease, no permanent damage has been done to your mouth and you can still eliminate it entirely. If left untreated, gingivitis may advance into the second stage of the disease, called “periodontitis.” At this stage of gum disease, permanent damage has occurred, but proper care can halt the progression of the disease and prevent further harm. If you do not seek treatment, your disease may progress to the third stage, commonly called “advanced periodontitis.” At this stage, the tissues of your gums have been destroyed and you may begin to lose your teeth. Most patients with advanced periodontitis will need to have their remaining teeth extracted and replaced with a restoration.

Common Symptoms Of Gum Disease

Gingivitis is characterized by mostly minor symptoms, such as redness or darkness of the gums, bleeding when brushing, and sensitivity of the teeth and gums. Halitosis (bad breath) may also be present. As gum disease advances, the symptoms will progressively worsen. You may experience shifting in your bite as your gum tissue is destroyed, a bad taste in your mouth, loosening of your teeth, and receding gums. If you notice any of these symptoms, call us as soon as possible to get the treatment you need.

Your Treatment Options

For minor cases of gingivitis, a deep cleaning (also called “scaling and root planing”) may be enough to resolve the condition, in combination with antibiotic treatments. Deep cleaning removes tartar and plaque from between your gums and teeth, and helps smooth out tooth roots to prevent bacteria from collecting underneath your teeth. More advanced cases of periodontitis may require surgical intervention such as gum flap surgery and pocket reduction. In serious cases of advanced periodontitis, the best option may be to extract all your remaining teeth and replace them with a denture.