Gum disease refers to an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place. Leaving it untreated can lead to significant consequences, such as tooth loss and even heart problems. Gum disease can be reversed in the early stages and managed with certain treatments as it progresses.
Common Causes Of Gum Disease
Gum disease occurs when your gums become infected. It commonly happens when food or plaque gets trapped in the small space between your teeth and gums. The following factors can lead to the progression of gum disease:
- Poor oral habits
- Tobacco use
- Hormonal changes
Stages Of Gum Disease
Gum disease has four different stages. From the mildest to the most severe form, they are:
Gingivitis – Inflammation of the gums
Mild periodontitis – The infection spreads to and begins to destroy the bone
Moderate periodontitis – Your gums may start receding, and your teeth may begin to feel loose
Advanced periodontitis – Chewing becomes painful, you may experience severe bad breath, and your teeth may begin to fall out
Gum Disease Treatment
When you notice gum disease in its earliest stage (gingivitis), good oral hygiene can treat it. As it progresses, other techniques can be used to cure it. Some of these include deep teeth cleaning and antibiotics. If your gum disease is more advanced, surgery may be needed. Some of the commonly performed gum disease procedures are bone and tissue grafts.
Do You Need Help Managing Your Gum Disease?
Magnolia Dentistry utilizes the most advanced technology and techniques to ensure your gum disease treatment is painless and effective. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact our office. We’re happy to help you achieve a happy and healthy smile in a comforting environment!