Treatment for Gum Disease
Your gums are the foundation of your oral health. However, countless patients suffer from the detrimental effects of gum disease each year. At Sunrise Dental and Implant Center, we take gum disease seriously. While gum disease is easily treated during early stages, it can quickly progress to compromise the health of both your smile and body if left alone. In fact, advanced and untreated gum disease has been linked to tooth loss as well as stroke, heart disease, diabetes and premature birth.
When choosing our family dental practice in Fairfield, you can trust that we not only monitor your gum health during routine exams, but we are also equipped to offer effective general dentistry treatment for gum disease if it should present itself.
Symptoms and Causes of Gum Disease
Our dentist values the importance of educating patients on the symptoms of gum disease. What begins as red or bleeding gums can quickly progress to receding gums and loose teeth if proper treatment is not initiated. The common warning signs of gum disease include the following:
- Persistent bad breath
- Red or swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums
As with most oral health conditions, the earlier that gum disease is detected, the sooner and more conservatively it can be treated.
Periodontal Disease Stages
Gum disease is essentially an infection within the soft tissues that support your teeth. If left alone, it will progress through various periodontal disease stages. The infection starts when plaque hardens below the gum line, which is often a result of poor oral hygiene. When this plaque emits bacteria and combines with food particles lodged in between teeth, the infection can accelerate quickly. Gum disease may first appear as red, puffy or irritated gums; this is known as gingivitis.
When gingivitis is not treated in a timely manner, the infection will spread and can eventually damage the surrounding bone and tissues that support your teeth. The gums can form deep pockets that will harbor additional bacteria. At this advanced stage of periodontitis, you may be at risk for tooth loss as well as other threats to your overall health.
At Sunrise Dental and Implant Center, we can help you understand your specific risk factors for gum disease as well as which lifestyle habits may be contributing to your oral health condition. We offer the most proven treatments to reverse gum disease, so that you never have to suffer from its serious consequences. If you are experiencing bleeding or receding gums, we invite you to contact our Fairfield office today. We promise to make your dental care experience comfortable, convenient and highly rewarding.