Gum disease is one of the most common dental concerns plaguing patients of all ages. Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, may cause swollen gums, tender gums, or gums that bleed easily. Periodontitis, a more advanced stage of gum disease, may lead to deep pockets forming around the gum line and may even cause tooth loss. Gum disease, at the core, is a bacterial infection of the gums that can lead to serious oral health issues. It is important to visit the dentist regularly for routine dental exams. Regular visits to the dentist allow your dentist to catch early signs of gum disease and possibly avoid the need for invasive dental treatment. At the earliest stages, gum disease can usually be treated using conservative methods.
Dr. Michael Mulkey and Dr. David Hildreth encourage patients to visit Lost Mountain Dental in Marietta, GA for routine dental exams. Although gum disease may present symptoms for some patients, it may not present any symptoms for another patient. Scheduling routine screenings for complex dental problems can help save your teeth and avoid the need for advanced, and sometimes invasive treatment. At Lost Mountain Dental we work with each our patients to find the right solution for their smile. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call (678) 212-1280 or schedule an appointment online.
Treating Gum Disease
Treating gum disease depends on the severity and stage of gum disease. Patients with gingivitis may be able to effectively treat their gums like an extensive dental cleaning and/or scaling and root planing. Removing plaque and tart buildup may help restore the health of your gums. It is important for patients to practice excellent oral hygiene at home to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
For a more advanced stage of gum disease, we may recommend using laser dentistry or gum surgery to restore back to the teeth and gums.