If you neglect your dental hygiene you may develop gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. This condition develops from a plaque and bacteria buildup in the gums. Periodontal disease can be extremely painful and can cause several major and permanent side effects. If you have periodontal disease, it is important to have it treated right away. At Grand Dental Center in Grand Rapids, MN, our dentists and hygenists can provide you with the gum disease therapy you need to restore your gums and oral health.
Gum disease or periodontal disease is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria inflame and infect the gum tissues, and when left untreated, can eventually cause the gums to pull away from the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss, and gum tissue recession.
If your gums are swollen, red, or tender, or if your gums bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease. Other common symptoms of gum disease include loose teeth, painful chewing, persistent bad breath, and receding gums that make your teeth appear longer than normal. Following an exam at our office, Dr. Johnson or Dr. McBride will be able to determine whether you suffer from periodontal disease.
The treatment for gum disease is based upon your specific dental needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, we may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. We strive to help you restore your oral health and halt the progress of the disease. For more information on periodontal treatment, give us a call today at 218-326-0339.