If left untreated, gum disease—which is also known as gingivitis—can result in the loss of your tooth, shriveling of your gums, and disintegrating of your jawbone. Because our team at Bull City Dental is devoted to your health, our dentist encourages you to visit us at least once every six months to remove the harmful plaque and tartar that cause gum disease. If you have any questions about your treatment options for gum diseases like gingivitis in Durham, North Carolina, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Audrey Kemp today.
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria inflame and infect the gum tissues, and when left untreated, can eventually cause the gums to pull away from the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss, and gum tissue recession.
If your gums are swollen, red, or tender, or if your gums bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease. Other common symptoms of gum disease include loose teeth, painful chewing, persistent bad breath, and receding gums that make your teeth appear longer than normal. Following an exam at our office, our dentist and team will be able to determine whether you suffer from periodontal disease.
The treatment for gum disease is based upon your specific dental needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, our dentist may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. We strive to help you restore your oral health and halt the progress of the disease. For more information on periodontal treatment, we welcome you to call or visit our office soon. We look forward to caring for your smile!