Gum disease is a real danger to your smile, but Restorative and Implant Dentistry in Pompano Beach, FL can make sure your smile stays safe. One of our skilled doctors or our periodontist, Dr. Mata, will arrest the infection that is destroying your gum tissue and putting your teeth at risk. You need healthy gums to have a healthy smile, so call Restorative and Implant Dentistry today at 954-590-0538 to help you get there.
Gum disease is sneaky and can go unnoticed for years while it damages your gum tissue. It’s important that you understand what gum disease is and what to be on the lookout for so you can avoid the harsh realities of full-blown periodontal disease.
What Is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection of your gum tissue. This is infection is caused by bacteria that is the result of plaque and tartar buildup in your mouth. As the bacteria feed on sugars in the foods you eat, they continue to multiply.
You need to clear this excess bacteria and the resulting plaque and tartar. The dental team at Restorative and Implant Dentistry will make sure that your teeth are clean and your gums are healthy at your regular dental cleanings and exams. The goal is to keep the bacteria in your mouth at a safe level. There will always be bacteria in your mouth; we just need to make sure that it stays under control.
Gum Disease Stages and Symptoms
There are two main stages of gum disease, gingivitis and periodontitis. More than half the adult population is suffering from some form of gum disease. It is vitally important that you can recognize the symptoms of each stage.
Gingivitis – The initial stage of gum disease, gingivitis is often overlooked due to how subtle the symptoms are. It is important to know that periodontitis starts out as gingivitis, but gingivitis is reversible and does not have to progress to periodontitis. Get the treatment you need from Restorative and Implant Dentistry now and save yourself from bigger problems later.
Symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Bleeding Gums
- Red or Inflamed Gums
- Bad Breath
Periodontitis – The second stage of gum disease is where the real destruction of your gum tissue begins. By this stage, the bacteria has begun to destroy gum and bone tissue and compromise the stability of your teeth. Your gums play a key role in keeping your teeth safely within your smile, and you could lose your teeth if you do not get the dental care you need.
The symptoms of periodontitis include:
- Gum Recession
- Pockets Between Teeth and Gum Tissue
- Loose and Shifting Teeth
- Lost Teeth
Gum Disease Treatment from Restorative and Implant Dentistry
Regardless of the gum disease stage you are at, we can help you. We offer effective gum disease treatment through scaling and root planing.
Scaling is a deep cleaning that removes the infectious bacteria from around your gumline. We also remove the plaque and tartar from around and under your gumline as well. This will keep your gums infection-free and give them a chance to start healing.
During root planing, we smooth any rough spots on your tooth roots. This does two things: It clears any additional bacteria from your tooth roots, and it also prepares the roots to accept the new gum growth that will start now that your gum disease is under control.
Keep Your Smile Safe and Your Gums Healthy
Call our office today at 954-590-0538 for your dental appointment. Your gums are vital to the survival of your smile and the health of your teeth. Restorative and Implant Dentistry has the experience and skills you need to combat your gum disease and keep your mouth safe.