Statistics show 75% of adults over 35 years of age have some form of gum disease. Left untreated, this condition can lead to serious overall health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults in the United States. In addition, we cannot restore damaged teeth when gums are diseased, because we need the foundation to be healthy for the tooth to thrive.
Initial symptoms of gum disease are mild, including redness, swelling, or bleeding of the gums. Some patients experience tenderness, as well. Left untreated, gum disease will only worsen, eventually leading to tooth and bone loss. But, don’t despair! The experts at our office can reverse your symptoms and develop a plan that will keep you smiling. Our gum disease therapy and maintenance program includes:
- Charting and diagnostics
- Scaling to remove hardened plaque from below the gum line
- Root planing to smooth rough tooth roots
- Antibiotic therapy to eradicate bacterial infection
If your gum disease has progressed to the point where you require surgery, we can provide you with an excellent referral.