It’s estimated that 50% of American adults are living with some type of gum disease. At Horizon Dental in Miramar, Pembroke Pines, and Sunrise, Florida, the expert dentists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. If it’s been more than six months since your last professional oral exam and cleaning, call or use the online booking tool and make an appointment today.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues that cover your jawbones and hold your teeth in place.
Left untreated, gum disease causes oral health problems like cavities and gum recession, as well as more serious issues including high blood pressure and even diabetes. Fortunately, gum disease is preventable.
There are many different types of gum disease, but the two most common are gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis is the most basic form of gum disease and usually occurs as a result of poor oral hygiene. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss your teeth, gingivitis is probably to blame.
Periodontitis occurs when plaque and bacteria break beneath your gum line. As your gums become more inflamed, pockets develop between your teeth and gums, where bacteria and tartar collect. As periodontitis progresses, it causes bone loss, which can affect your jaws and cause you to lose your teeth.
In its earliest stages, gum disease presents very few symptoms. In fact, many people are living with gingivitis and don’t even know it. As the condition progresses, telltale signs include:
You may also experience pain or general discomfort after brushing and flossing your teeth or visiting the dentist.
You should take all of these symptoms seriously, it’s possible to reverse gingivitis, but only early on.
Your Horizon Dental provider diagnoses gingivitis during a comprehensive oral exam.
First, your dentist inspects your gums and teeth, looking for any swelling, bleeding or signs of infection. Next, your bite and teeth are inspected to make sure your jawbone is healthy and not deteriorating.
If a physical exam doesn’t provide adequate information, your provider may also order a diagnostic imaging test like an oral X-ray.
The treatment for gum disease depends on a variety of factors including the progression of the disease and your overall health. Whenever possible, the team at Horizon Dental recommends minimally-invasive, conservative methods of care. For example, if you have gingivitis, a professional dental cleaning or scaling and root planing may provide relief.
In more serious cases, surgical intervention may be necessary. The team offers bone grafts, pocket reduction surgery, and soft tissue grafts.
The sooner you treat gum disease, the better. Call or use the online booking tool to request your consultation at Horizon Dental today.