Originating from damaging oral bacteria, gum disease is considered a huge contributor of loose or missing teeth with patients of the age of 35 and over and can also be connected to many other unwanted physical health conditions.
Gum disease is identified by three progressive stages. The first level of periodontal disease is called gingivitis, followed by periodontitis. The third is the most serious level of the condition called advanced periodontitis. Diagnosing and treating periodontal disease promptly in the first stage will stymie the progression.
Originating from damaging oral bacteria, gum disease is considered a huge contributor of loose or missing teeth with patients of the age of 35 and over and can also be connected to many other unwanted physical health conditions. These bacteria are found in the plaque and tartar deposits that build up on the enamel. They create acidic toxins that will immediately harm the teeth, your gums, bone, and the ligaments that keep each tooth in their correct position.
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The Types of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is a progressive disease that will gradually increase in severity. Most patients who develop periodontal disease do so in the following order:
- Gingivitis: The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis typically develops due to bacterial plaque that builds up along your gums. Gingivitis is usually indicated by sensitive gums that are red, puffy, and will bleed easily. Gingivitis can be quickly reversed with a professional cleaning at Vita Dental and your improved oral health care, but if it is not addressed quickly, it can develop into the next stage.
- Early Periodontitis: Early periodontitis is the result of the continued build-up of bacterial plaque and develops when gingivitis is left untreated. The symptoms of early periodontitis are like gingivitis, just more severe. The gums will now feel painful and become more sensitive and brushing and flossing can result in excessive bleeding. Unlike gingivitis, which can usually be treated with a deep cleaning and improved self-care practices, early periodontitis will likely require more intensive interventions with Vita Dental.
- Advanced Periodontitis: When the bacteria, plaque, and acidic toxins have developed to the point that your gum tissue is being destroyed, you now have developed advanced periodontitis. If you have progressed to this point you have developed small pockets between your gums and teeth, which act as breeding grounds for even more bacteria to grow. Because of the additional bacteria, these pockets expand which now causes gum recession. If left untreated long enough, this gum recession will result in bone loss.
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Periodontal Therapy Treatment for Gum Disease and Gum Recession
There are several surgical and non-surgical periodontal therapy treatments available that can effectively reverse the negative impact of gum disease and reduce the likelihood of tooth loss. This can also prevent the need for any tooth extractions and reduce the need for dental bone grafts.
Several common periodontal therapy procedures include the following:
- Scaling and Root Planing: This is a common procedure that focuses on a deep cleaning removing the plaque and tartar that has developed below the gum line. Scaling refers to the removal of plaque and calculus from the surface of your teeth, where root planing is the smoothing out of your teeth’s roots to prevent additional bacteria from adhering, forming, and speeding up the healing process.
- Periodontal Laser Treatment: This treatment removes gum tissue that has been diseased with lasers. You may pursue this option because unlike traditional treatments, periodontal laser treatment causes less gum shrinkage and less discomfort.
- Periodontal Plastic Surgery: A reshaping procedure that is performed to improve the aesthetic appearance of gum tissue. Vital Dental can either perform this contouring with a surgical scalpel or a laser.
- Dental Implants: This is a restoration solution. The dental implant process begins with the extraction of a decayed or damaged tooth followed by an x-ray to determine if there is adequate jawbone density to properly hold a dental implant. If there is insufficient jawbone, a dental bone graft may be required. If it is determined that you are a viable candidate, a titanium post will be surgically placed into your jawbone. After this has healed, a replacement tooth or bridge will be placed on this post delivering natural-like stability.
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You Proper Care Can Prevent Gum Disease and Gum Recession
Periodontal disease can be avoided if you simply practice good oral hygiene habits at home. Though not a guarantee, if you follow these industry suggestions, you can either reduce or eliminate your need for periodontal therapy:
- Brush your teeth twice daily and practice proper brushing technique. In addition to brushing regularly, it is also just as important to brush effectively. Our staff at Vita Dental will be happy to answer any questions you may have about proper brushing techniques.
- Floss daily. If you tend to avoid flossing, you may want to consider flossing alternatives, such as interdental brushes or floss picks.
- Be mindful of your diet. One of the best and easiest ways you can prevent gum disease from developing is to avoid foods that are sugary or high in starch. If you do enjoy soda or sugary beverages, try to use a straw to limit the exposure of sugar to your teeth. It is also important to swish your mouth with water following meals.
- Schedule regular dental exams. Unchecked dental issues can result in additional issues and the progression of decay, which is why it is crucial to visit Vita Dental every six months. By providing a deep clean for your teeth and diagnosing potential issues before they progress, these regular checkups are critical to preventing gum disease and maintaining your good oral health.
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The team at Vita Dental is confident that you will always be comfortable in our caring and comprehensive office. As you enter our clinic, we will treat you like family because you are both our friends and our neighbors. We focus our efforts on providing you exceptional, high quality dental care in a relaxing environment. Give us a call today at 317-288-4226 with any questions regarding an evaluation for gum disease or gum recession, or any concerns you might have.
Vita Dental is a modern dental practice serving Fishers, Indiana, and the surrounding communities. You can find Vita Dental at 11630 Olio Rd, #100, Fishers, IN 46037.