Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, affects more than half American adults, and many do not even know that they have the condition because in its early stages, the symptoms are minor. Gingivitis (the first stage of gum disease) is characterized by bleeding when you brush and floss, inflamed gums, and a receding gum line. If you notice these symptoms, call us today to schedule an appointment for periodontal care before the issue becomes worse and irreversible.
While gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal (gum) disease, it is distinct from periodontal disease in a few ways. The biggest difference between gingivitis and periodontal disease is that gingivitis can be completely reversed and eliminated with proper oral care and periodontal therapy. Gingivitis refers to a case of gum disease that has not yet caused any permanent damage to your gums, teeth, or jaw. However, gingivitis will always progress into periodontal disease if it is not treated properly. Periodontal disease is not reversible, and can never be fully eliminated.
All of the above signs and symptoms could indicate the presence of periodontal disease. If you recognize one or more of them, come in for an appointment with Dr. Schmitt as soon as you can.
The most common treatment for periodontal disease is called a deep cleaning or “scaling and root planing.” During this procedure, Dr. Schmitt will clean away plaque and tartar from between your gums and teeth, and smooth out the roots of your teeth to eliminate bacteria. Antibiotic therapy is often used alongside a deep cleaning.
For more severe cases of gum disease, surgical intervention such as gum flap surgery or gum grafting may be necessary. During your consultation, Dr. Schmitt will take a judgment-free approach to discussing your condition, and he will help you understand which treatments may be right for you.