Periodontitis (per-e-o-don-TIE-tis), also called gum disease, is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and, without treatment, can destroy the bone that supports your teeth. Periodontitis can cause teeth to loosen or lead to tooth loss.
Gum (periodontal) diseases are treated in a variety of ways depending on the stage of disease, how you may have responded to earlier treatments, and your overall health.
Treatment may be performed by our periodontist, a dentist or a dental hygienist. The goal of our periodontitis thoroughly clean the pockets around teeth and prevent damage to surrounding bone. You have the best chance for successful treatment when you also adopt a daily routine of good oral care, manage health conditions that may impact dental health and stop tobacco use.
Non-surgical treatments for gum disease
Surgical treatments for gum disease
Stages of Periodontal Disease
There are four stages of gum disease. Since only one stage is reversible, it helps to understand the differences between them.
1. Gingivitis is the earliest stage and the point where it can be reversed since the infection has not reached the bone.
2. Slight periodontal disease can be managed but not reversed.
3. Moderate gum disease involves some degree of bone loss that may be accompanied by bleeding and pain.
4. Advanced periodontal disease requires more aggressive treatment, including extraction of the affected tooth.
Our dentist can identify whether you have periodontal disease or not, what stage it is, and how to proceed with treatment options. That’s why regular check-ups are so crucial for keeping your gums healthy.
The Benefits of Treatment
Why Care Dental ?
Care Dental & Orthodontics team is committed to providing high-quality dental care to patients of all ages. Younger patients will appreciate our kid-friendly clinic and treatment rooms designed to make them more comfortable.
Our dental teams provide thorough, professional exams every time so that you can have a comfortable, hassle-free visit. We will attend to any immediate issues you have, including dental emergencies, and teach you how to keep your mouth healthy.
Plus, we will explain procedures and thoroughly answer your questions in English or Hindi, Kannada, so you can make informed decisions.
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Answers to questions
There are several myths about gum disease, including that you will lose your teeth if you have it. While it’s possible to lose your teeth if you don’t treat the gum disease, it’s possible to save your teeth with treatment.
Saltwater rinses can reduce inflammation and swelling related to gum disease, but they won’t heal the underlying infection.
Gum diseases are categorized into 4 stages, gingivitis, slight periodontal disease, moderate periodontal disease, and advanced periodontal disease. Curing gum diseases and gum infection depends on the stage at which treatment begins. The recovery time at stage one is 10-14 days.
The first sign of gum disease is red, tender and swollen gums that cause discomfort and pain. Gums can also bleed while brushing, which is commonly considered as a sign of gingivitis-stage one of gum diseases.
No, gum diseases cannot be treated on its own. Gum diseases are caused by the development of tartar on the teeth leading to gum infection. This requires dental cleaning and good oral care routine. Get professional cleaning at our Care Dental clinic.