One of the most common adults dental problems is Periodontal disease also known as gum disease. This leading cause of tooth loss, is caused by plaque – a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the surface of your teeth. Bacteria can cause inflammation and gum infection, which can spread and destroy your gums and teeth.
Signs of Gum Disease
Without proper treatment from a gentle On Call Dental LV hygienist, gum disease can ruin the tissue that supports and surrounds your teeth. Without treatment, gum disease may lead to serious health problems, including heart disease, diabetes and other life threatening illnesses. Below are some of the symptoms of gum disease which require immediate attention from one of our highly trained hygienist.
- Gums that bleed during brushing and/or flossing
- Swollen and/or tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Chronic bad breath that does not go away
- Frequent toothaches
- A tooth (or several) that have shifted or changed position for no reason
Types of Gum Disease
There are several different types of gum disease. Fortunately for you, your Hi Tech Dental Care dentist in Las Vegas is able to provide a range of care for treating gum disease. The mildest form of dental infection is gingivitis, which only affects the gums. More severe types of gum disease, such as periodontitis can cause damage to other structures that support a tooth, which can lead to tooth loss.
Gingivitis, which is the mildest form of dental gum disease, is caused by a buildup of plaque. The plaque contains bacteria which can harm the gums. Gingivitis is a common type of dentistry problem; approximately 3 out of 4 adults experience some degree of gingivitis. Gingivitis can be reversed with a combination of oral health care at home, routine dentistry visits and a thorough cleaning by our gentle hygienist.
Periodontitis is an advanced form of gum disease. It affects all of the tissues that support each tooth. That includes both the bone and the gums. Periodontitis causes your gums to become detached from your teeth. As a result, spaces (pockets) form between the teeth and the gums. Plaque builds up in that space. Eventually, the plaque destroys the bone and ligament supporting each tooth. Ultimately, teeth may become loose and fall out.
Unfortunately, periodontitis cannot be completely reversed by your cosmetic dentist. However, with proper oral health you can prevent periodontitis from growing worse. Treatment may help prevent tooth loss. An OnCall Dental LV dentist or hygienist will examine your mouth to determine the stage of your periodontitis. We will suggest a treatment that is best for you.
In most cases, gum disease can be controlled with appropriate oral health care. The sooner gum disease is diagnosed and treated, the better.