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Gum disease is a complicated condition that most people don’t accord the seriousness it deserves. It starts as gingivitis and slowly develops into periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.
Just like most other oral conditions, periodontal disease can be fixed or reversed more easily while in its infancy. The two latter stages of the condition have pretty severe symptoms and may affect more than just the gum tissue.
Periodontitis and advanced periodontitis affect the underlying bone around the affected area as well and this may take more than just oral hygiene adjustments to treat. Gingivitis may heal on its own if you maintain a good oral hygiene routine upon detection of symptoms or through use of antibiotics to counter the bacteria. The best thing to do, however, remains to get in touch with a dentist for assessment and treatment.
The two latter stages of gum disease may not be completely reversible. If you didn’t have the condition treated while it was still in its gingivitis stage, there is an actual chance you may lose your teeth or develop an abscess. Your dentist may recommend the following treatments if you are diagnosed with periodontitis or advanced periodontitis:
Scaling and root planing
Scaling and root planning is the removal of the layers of plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth and under the gum line in a bid to deprive the gum-disease-causing bacteria of a breeding ground. It is a non-surgical procedure that is performed using a special tool called a scaler.
The other treatments are surgical and are performed either to fix the bone underneath the affected gum tissue and teeth or to directly repair the gum.
Regardless of the stage or severity of your gum disease, consider consulting a qualified oral health officer. We invite you to pay us a visit to Chino for all types of oral procedures, including dental exams, cosmetic dentistry, and gum disease diagnosis and treatment.