The foundation of a healthy mouth is a healthy gum line, and since we at Saxon Dentistry are committed to comprehensive care, finding the cause of your gum disease is of critical importance to us. Rather than merely providing gum disease treatment to just have the disease keep coming back, Dr. Saxon will evaluate why you’re experiencing this issue and work with you on future periodontal disease prevention tips.
Why Do Healthy Gums Matter?
The plaque that forms on your teeth can not only damage the tooth itself, it can also wreak havoc on your gums. And if that starts to happen, your gums may become diseased, leading to damage to the bone that holds your teeth in place and weakening the support for your teeth. If gum disease advances far enough without treatment you may need to have teeth extracted, and the most serious gum disease can actually be risky to your overall health.
While not always the case, good oral hygiene habits and keeping up with your six month dental check-ups are often adequate enough for most patients to keep periodontal disease at bay.
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Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Gum disease is dangerous but sometimes difficult to diagnose because there’s often no associated pain. Here are a few things to look out for that might be the first warning signs of a problem:
Periodontal Disease Stages
Gingivitis. The symptoms are not always easy to spot, but some bleeding and swelling of the gums might mean you have gingivitis. The good news is gingivitis does not affect the bone or nearby tissue and it is reversible if treated.
Periodontitis. If gingivitis is not treated, however, it can become periodontitis. Once that happens, your gums will typically have receded significantly and the facial bones that support your mouth will start to sustain irreversible damage.
Advanced Periodontitis. At this most advanced stage, the gum disease is actively destroying bone, tissue and the teeth themselves. This can lead to a misaligned bite or even teeth falling out entirely.
Treatment of Periodontal Disease
At its earliest stages, gum disease can be treated in our office by Dr. Saxon, who might suggest a procedure known as scaling and root planing. During scaling and planing, we’ll use an ultrasonic tool to blast away plaque, tartar and debris above and below the gum line. We'll then smooth out those surfaces that were covered by buildup.
If you are showing signs of more advanced periodontal disease, we may have to make additional arrangements for a more aggressive treatment. For periodontal disease treatment in Oklahoma City, contact our office today.