Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is not only uncomfortable, but can also jeopardize the health of your teeth. Dr. Debora Bolton is pleased to offer a variety of treatment options for gum disease, and we can help you find the solution that is optimal for your needs.
Gum disease is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria inflame and infect the gum tissues, and when left untreated, can eventually cause the gums to pull away from the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss, and gum tissue recession.
If your gums are swollen, red, tender, or if your gums bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease. Other common symptoms of gum disease include loose teeth, painful chewing, persistent bad breath, and receding gums that make your teeth appear longer than normal.
The treatment for gum disease is based upon your specific dental needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, our dentist may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. Following an exam at our office, our dentist and team will be able to determine whether you suffer from periodontal disease.