Gum disease: it’s a frightening topic, but a surprisingly high percentage of people experience some degree of it during their lives – nearly half! If you’ve ever experienced any of the symptoms of gum disease, you should know that treating it and reversing the damage is far easier than you might think!
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These symptoms can indicate gum disease, but in many patients there may be no symptoms at all! For that reason, it’s very important to have regularly scheduled appointments at Eugene Family Dental. If you are experiencing symptoms, it’s important that we see you right away so we can determine the cause and plan any necessary treatments!
Gingivitis vs. Gum Disease – What’s The Difference?
Gingivitis is an earlier stage of gum disease with less severe symptoms. Often completely invisible, gingivitis can still be reversed using the techniques we can perform in our office, but once it progresses to later stage gum disease, it can become much more uncomfortable and permanently damaging.
Later stage gum disease can create loosened teeth, a change in your bite, and possible tooth loss as it progresses. When your gums are damaged and begin to shrink, they will pull away from your teeth and cause them to become less stable. Despite this, we can still treat you successfully!
Periodontal diseases like gingivitis and later stage gum disease are caused by an excess buildup of plaque in your mouth. As plaque builds, it can find its way below your gumline, where the bacteria that causes tooth decay can flourish when not being managed. As this goes on, damage to your gums and teeth will continue until we are able to intervene.
Treating Gum Disease
To successfully treat gum disease, it is necessary to remove the plaque that is causing the damage. We do this using techniques called scaling and root planing. Using specially designed tools to get between your gums and teeth, we can remove bacteria and plaque from your teeth and gums and create a clean, healthy surface for healing to take place. After treatment, we can also prescribe antibiotics if necessary, but this is a rare occurrance.
We will also plan follow-up care with you to closely monitor the health of your gums and teeth. This can include more frequent cleanings and exams and a change in your home oral care habits. Regardless of the severity of your gum disease, we can help! In the small case of patients who may need gum surgery, we will be able to refer you to a trusted specialist who will complete that phase of your care.
If you’re worried about signs and symptoms of gum disease, don’t be! With prompt intervention, we can stop its progression and reverse any damage that has already been caused. Call our office right away at 541-484-1235 to schedule an appointment! You can also fill out our online appointment request form to book conveniently online. We look forward to helping you!
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