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What Is Periodontal Disease?
Commonly known as gum disease, periodontal disease is usually detected by an infection or inflammation of the gums around the teeth, and during its initial stage of gingivitis, it may also present asymptomatically. Reversing gum disease is possible only during the initial stage of gingivitis. If you think you have gingivitis symptoms, then call our East Brunswick office today to schedule a dental exam.
What Causes Gingivitis Disease?
The primary cause of this disease is poor dental hygiene—usually a lack of proper flossing and brushing. When you eat or drink, a sticky substance called plaque forms on the teeth. It’s filled with bacteria, so if it’s not removed through brushing and flossing, then it begins to form decay and inflammation. Left on the teeth, plaque will turn into tartar, which is a very hard substance that can only be removed by a professional teeth cleaning at your dentist’s office. Although gingivitis is completely preventable, it’s the leading cause of tooth loss in adults over 35 years of age. If you have any stage of gingival disease, don’t delay in calling our East Brunswick office to schedule an exam and gingivitis treatment.
What Are the Symptoms of Gingivitis Disease?
Gum disease can be present without symptoms, or you may notice gum disease symptoms such as:
- Bleeding when you floss or brush
- Bad breath or an odd taste in your mouth
- Inflamed, swollen or sensitive gums
If you notice any of these signs of gingivitis, call our East Brunswick office to schedule a dental exam. Since gingivitis is often present without any signs, it would be prudent to schedule an exam just to make sure you don’t need a gingivitis cure.
What Are the Signs of Gingivitis Disease?
During your initial dental examination, your dentist will look for the following signs of gingivitis:
- Areas of inflammation
- Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
- Pus pockets between the teeth
- Inflamed or swollen gums
- Unusual gaps between your teeth or loose teeth
These are signs of gum disease and we’ll provide you with a treatment plan to halt the progression of the disease.
What Are the Stages of Periodontal Disease?
There are three stages of gingival disease, but only during the first stage is a gingivitis cure possible. Once your disease has progressed to the second or third stage, a gum disease cure is no longer possible—your only option is to ameliorate the damage that has been done.
First Stage: Gingivitis
This is the first stage of gum disease and you may have minor bleeding during flossing or brushing or you may have no symptoms at all. This is the best reason to have regular dental checkups, so that you don’t miss the onset of asymptomatic gingivitis. If you want to schedule a dental exam for gum disease in East Brunswick, then call us today.
Second Stage: Periodontitis
This is the second stage of gum disease and, by this time, you’ll have developed significant and irreversible damage to your teeth, jawbone and gums. You’ll have pockets in your gums that trap food debris and small particles of tartar, and your decay and inflammation will be accelerating. You’ll need more aggressive measures to treat your gum disease at this point, so call our office to schedule an exam before your gum disease reaches this stage.
Third Stage: Advanced Periodontitis
This is the final stage of gum disease and by this time, you’ll probably have lost all or at least a significant number of your teeth. Your only option at this point is reconstructive dentistry, which may include implants and bone grafts. Your face will likely have developed premature wrinkles and lost some of its structure. Don’t let your gum disease progress to this point. Call our East Brunswick office to schedule a dental exam or gingivitis treatment.
Is There an Effective Gingivitis Treatment?
When caught in the early stage of gingivitis, reversing the effects of gingival disease is possible. However, in the later stages, more aggressive treatment will be used to halt the progression of the disease but there is no gingivitis cure at this point. The best gingivitis cure is the prevention of the disease, so if you have any type of gum disease, call our East Brunswick office to schedule a gum disease treatment.
What Treatments Are Available for Advanced Periodontitis and Gingivitis?
If you’re in the second or third stage of periodontitis, then you’ll need an aggressive treatment regimen that may include procedures such as:
- Antibiotic treatment
- Antibacterial mouthwash
- Professional tooth scaling
- Root planing below the gumline
- Referral to a gum disease specialist
- Oral surgery
We’ll try every other option before recommending surgery, but, depending on the severity of the disease, sometimes it becomes the only option. Call us today to schedule an exam or a consultation if you have gum disease in East Brunswick.
Can Gingivitis Disease Be Reversed?
Although you may be able to reverse gingival disease on your own when it’s in the earliest stage, it’s best to have a professional dental exam. Only a dentist can determine if you have gingivitis symptoms. The prognosis for reversing gum disease is better when it’s caught early, so call our East Brunswick office today to schedule an examination.
We have some of the best dentists in the area if you need treatment for your gingivitis symptoms, so call Garden State Dental of East Brunswick at (732) 276-4135 if you need treatment for your gum disease symptoms. Don’t procrastinate and let your gingival disease progress to the second or third phase. Call us today. We look forward to speaking with you and restoring your good oral health.