Periodontal or Gum Disease

Periodontal or Gum Disease

At Arena Family Dental we are expert in periodontics - the treatment and maintenance of the structure that supports your teeth. This includes, but is not limited to, the gums and bone matter of your mouth.

If you think you need to see a periodontal specialist, contact us today or call 888-574-7363 to schedule a consultation.

Gingivitis can lead to periodontitis or gum disease

It is not commonly known, but if left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, or gum disease. You may be experiencing signs of gingivitis if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Occasional swelling of the gums
  • Bleeding after brushing or flossing
  • Itchy gums
  • Bright red or purple gums

Don't wait - you can reverse the affects of gingivitis

Gingivitis can be treated by having your teeth professionally cleaned, followed by a strict oral hygiene regimen, including anti-bacterial rinses. Left untreated, gingivitis can escalate into periodontitis. Of course gingivitis does not automatically lead to periodontitis, there are other factors that can contribute to the disease, including smoking, genetic tendencies, and unchecked diabetes.

Periodontitis symptoms include those of gingivitis, as well as:

  • A metallic taste in the mouth
  • Receeding gums
  • Enlarged spaces between the gums and teeth
  • Severe halitosis or bad breath
  • Loose teeth from bone loss

Through dental cleanings we can remove the buildup of plaque with scraping as well as sonic vibration. We may also use small, antibiotic pads placed between the teeth and gums to help reduce plaque and combat periodontitis.

Our dental establishment specializes in a broad range of treatments and procedures. We are highly experienced in periodontics. This is a branch of dentistry that deals with the treatment of diseases of the gums and other periodontal tissues.

There are several factors and conditions that can lead to periodontal disease, included is gingivitis. Symptoms of this condition are itchy or bright red or purple gums, swelling of the gums, even if it occurs occasionally, and bleeding gums after flossing or brushing. Gingivitis is able to be treated fairly easily when diagnosed. You will need to have your teeth professionally cleaned and then stick to a strict oral routine which entails anti-bacterial rinses. Gingivitis may or may not lead to periodontitis, but the important point to keep in mind is that it can.

Diabetes that goes undiagnosed or not under control, genetic predispositions, and smoking can also lead to periodontitis. Besides from sharing the same symptoms as gingivitis, periodontitis also exhibits the following warning signs: Receding gums, metallic taste in the mouth, loose teeth resulting from loss of bone, enflamed spaces in between the teeth and gums, and rigorous halitosis, which is the clinical name for bad breath. The buildup of plaque over time can be removed at our dental office through cleanings. We utilize the method of scraping as well as sonic vibration. Another way of handling this is by placing tiny antibiotic pads between the teeth and gums. This will assist in minimizing plaque and fight periodontitis.

If you suffer from gingivitis or periodontal disease, we urge you to make an appointment at you earliest convenience to be examined by one of our highly skilled dentists. We are a full-range dental facility. After a careful diagnosis is determined, we have a staff of professionals that can remedy whatever it is that requires treatment.