Gum disease is an infection that attacks the gums in the mouth. It starts up as a result of an infection that develops when oral bacteria begins attacking the gums. As a result, the gums begin to shrink away from teeth, creating spaces that are hard to clean and trap plaque and debris. As the condition progresses, it can lead to uncomfortable and life changing symptoms such as major tooth loss and bad breath.
If you’re suffering from gum disease, our Prescott Valley dentists and staff at Larson Dental can help treat you and get you back on track.
There are three stages of periodontal disease known as gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. If the infection is caught early on, it can be treated easily. However, when left untreated gum disease can quickly compromise an individual’s oral and overall wellbeing.
It’s crucial to pay close attention to your gums in order to identify warning signs or symptoms of the disease. Symptoms to look out for include:
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Shifting or loose teeth
- Red, tender, or swollen teeth
Once our Prescott Valley dentists have made a proper diagnosis of gum disease, Dr. Larson will make a recommendation on treatment according to the stage of the disease. Treatment options for gum disease include:
- Deep cleaning: This is usually performed when gum disease is in its early stages. Because gum disease is easily reversible in the beginning, a deep cleaning is enough to restore dental health. In fact, because the gum disease has not yet made extensive damage to the mouth, it can be treated in as little as one to two appointments.
- Scaling and Planing: This non-surgical procedure is performed when the condition has started to damage the healthy gum tissue. This treatment removes all the plaque, toxins, and tartar from below and above the gumline by smoothing out the rough spots on root surfaces and teeth. This eliminates sticking points where plaque and bacteria can latch onto and accumulate.
At Larson Dental, our dedicated professionals use laser dentistry to help treat gum disease and provide the ultimate results.
If you’re in need of gum disease therapy, getting care as soon as possible is critical to preserving your oral and overall health. Learn more about preventing and treating gum disease by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Larson in Prescott Valley today.
Contact Us to Learn More About Treatment
If you’ve noticed any of the signs of gum disease, we highly recommend scheduling an appointment with us. We can save your smile by providing treatment.
To learn more, call our office phone by dialing (928) 772-8128 or reach us by filling out the online contact form on this page. We look forward to hearing from you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection in the gums caused by a buildup of plaque and bacteria. There are three stages of gum disease which vary from mild to severe. If gum disease is not treated in its early stages, it may potentially result in serious consequences such as tooth loss. Other symptoms of the infection include:
- Chronic bad breath
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
- Receding gum line
- Abscessed teeth
- Bleeding, red, irritated, or swollen gums
Visiting your dentist biannually and keeping up with a good dental hygiene routine can help in the prevention of gum disease.
Can gum disease be cured?
Most cases of gum disease can be reversed and even cured with professional treatment. The first stage, gingivitis, can even get better through increased oral hygiene practices. The most common cause of gum disease is neglecting your oral health.
With the help of Dr. Larson, you may have a chance to reverse your mild or advanced gum disease after scaling and root planing. Once the treatment is done, it’s important for you to follow oral health instructions from Dr. Larson so you can fully recover.
Are gum disease and heart disease related?
Yes, there is a link between gum disease and heart disease. Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria gathering below your gum line, but this same bacteria can spread to other parts of your body. When they do this, the bacteria can cause serious health concerns.
Gum disease can cause the narrowing of your arteries, and the bacteria can also directly infect your heart valves. Getting treatment for gum disease can save your life and reduce your risk of health complications.