Periodontal disease, also simply known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection that attacks gum tissue in the mouth. It’s a common dental problem for most people, occurring at some point in life for a variety of reasons. However, a buildup of plaque on and between teeth is usually to blame. If left untreated for long, it can result in serious oral health issues. Hence, treating gum diseases at the earliest stage is crucial.
Stages of Gum Disease
This is a mild and reversible form of gum disease, which generally happens when plaque accumulates on tooth surfaces close to the gum line, or in the spaces between teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach properly.
This is the advanced and more destructive form of gum disease, which can lead to irreversible damage in the gum tissue and supporting bone structure. If it’s left untreated for too long, periodontitis can cause tooth loss.
At Michael G. Long D.D.S., we can provide you with professional advice for preventing the onset of gum disease as well as treating any existing symptoms of the condition.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms mentioned below, it is possible that you have gum or periodontal disease and don’t know about it:
- Swollen and tender gums.
- Persistent bad breath.
- Pus between teeth and gums.
- Loose and separating teeth.
- Bad taste even after brushing.
- Improper bite.
- Receding gums and sensitive teeth.
- Accumulated plaque and tartar between teeth and gums.
Treatment Options for Gum Disease
Depending on how far the infection has progressed as well as the health of your teeth and gums, Dr. Michael Long and his staff can provide different types of periodontal treatments. These include preventative and non-surgical procedures to reduce bacterial growth, as well as restorative surgical treatment for gum tissue, teeth and bone affected by periodontal disease.
- Root Planing
- Professional Dental Cleaning
- Flap Surgery
- Soft Tissue Grafts
- Bone Grafts
- Guided Tissue Regeneration