Westminster dentist answers the question, “How is gum disease treated?”

How is Gum Disease Treated?

Gum disease treatmentIf you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you know how frustrating it is and how badly you want to effectively treat the disease. Gum disease must be treated effectively and it should be treated as quickly as possible. Once gum disease starts, it will only get worse if it is not properly treated. This can lead to several additional problems that are both more serious in nature and more costly to correct. As a result, it is better for your overall health and your budget to deal with gum disease as quickly as possible. Fortunately, there are effective treatment options available. By closely following these treatments, it is possible for you to stop gum disease and even to reverse it in some cases.

 Treatment depends on type

How is gum disease treated? The answer depends on the severity of the gum disease and how much it has progressed.

There are essentially two types of gum disease:

  1. Gingivitis is the one that most people are familiar with. This is the condition that causes your gums to become inflamed, often causing pain and frequent bleeding. You may notice that your gums are bleeding when you brush your teeth or that it is painful to chew certain foods. This is something that you should have treated immediately, because failing to do so can lead to the more advanced form of gum disease known as peritonitis.
  2. Peritonitis is far more severe in nature and can cause you to lose your teeth. It is much more advanced than gingivitis and it actually erodes the bone structure away that holds teeth in place. As a result, teeth grow weak and begin to fracture. In many cases teeth may fall out altogether or they may have to be removed because the tooth is no longer healthy. This problem is much more difficult to stop and is also more costly. It often involves the complete removal of many teeth, which then requires that dental implants be put in their place. Furthermore, if peritonitis goes unchecked it can cause severe problems with the bone structure inside the jaw and can at times even cause an infection in the bone itself.

Catch it soon

Treating gum disease is relatively easy when it is caught early. A Westminster dentist can effectively treat gum disease by:

  1. Full mouth disinfection: This involves a cleaning and thorough disinfection of your mouth including your cheeks, tongue and palate.
  2. Scaling and Root Planing: This is a careful cleaning each tooth to remove plaque, calculus [tartar] and bacteria.
  3. Laser Therapy: Lasers generate a tiny beam of concentrated light energy that kills the bacteria, sterilizes inflamed tissues, and removes diseased tissue.

These treatments eliminate the plaque and tartar that is responsible for causing gum disease. In addition, your dentist can give you tips for improving the overall health of your mouth when you are away from the dentist, thus helping you to prevent gum disease from causing any additional problems.

Learn more

If you would like to learn more about gum disease and the treatment that will be the most effective for you, visit you dentist or ask me a question and I’ll reply by tomorrow.

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About the author

A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)