Without treatment, gum disease poses a serious threat to your oral health. You can suffer tooth loss and other uncomfortable symptoms. However, by recognizing the stages of gum disease and taking action, you can maintain a healthy smile.
Also known as gum inflammation. At this stage, the problem can be reversed. Infection from bacteria causes the gums to appear red and swollen. They may also bleed easily when you brush or floss. We can perform a deep cleaning or periodontal therapy to reverse inflammation. Inflamed gums can be the result of poor oral hygiene allowing plaque buildup, hormonal fluctuations, or certain illnesses.
Once gum disease forms, the issue is incurable. However, we can help manage the disease to protect your smile. Otherwise, the disease will continue to progress until it reaches the advanced stage, known as periodontitis. At this stage, in addition to gum recession, the connective tissue between the teeth and gums will dissolve, leading to loose teeth and even a high risk of adult tooth loss.
For the early stages we can perform a scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning. The procedure allows the doctor to remove plaque from the surface of the teeth and from below the gum line. For more serious cases we can employ laser dentistry to remove the infected tissue and allow healthy gums to adhere to the teeth, closing periodontal pockets and protecting the stability pf your smile. We can also provide an antibacterial rinse to help combat the harmful bacteria behind your inflammation. If you have any questions about the stages of gum disease or our treatment options, then contact our office today.
Dr. Brent Engelberg and his highly-skilled team proudly serve patients and their families from Arlington Heights, IL, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at (847) 230-9703.