It is common for adults to have some form of gum disease. Periodontal disease can range from a gum inflammation to severe bone or tissue loss.
Patients with gingivitis, have bacteria in their mouth that cause inflammation of the gums. This mild form of gum disease causes gums to become red, swollen or to bleed easily. Diligent home care like daily brushing and flossing can reverse gingivitis.
If gingivitis is not treated properly, it can lead to periodontitis. Patients with periodontitis experience their gums pulling away from the tooth and create deep, large gum pockets. The bacteria and plaque will grow and migrate into these deep pockets. If not treated, the gums and bone will deteriorate. Heavy bone and tissue loss can lead to loose teeth.
Gum Disease is treatable and can be controlled. Dr. Truvan offers deep cleaning for patients with gum disease, known as scaling and root planing. The deep cleaning means the dentist will clean and remove the tartar and bacteria below the gum line. Dr. Truvan offers laser dentistry to erradicate the plaque and tartar to lessen gum bleeding, swelling, and discomfort.