Do you have gum disease? Did you know that gum disease is one of the most common dental problems next to cavities and tooth decay?
If you believe you have gum disease or have been told that you do, it is vital that you get the Oregon City dental care you need right away. Gum disease that is left untreated will continue to progress and cause problems with your teeth and jawbone. Severe gum disease is even linked to other systemic problems in your body, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Gum disease is prevalent throughout the United States, but many people do not even know a problem exists until they are diagnosed with the disease. If you do have gum disease, you may notice that your gums bleed, are irritated, and swell up.
How Does Gum Disease Form?
Gum disease is primarily caused from plaque and tartar that build up on the gums. These two substances irritate the gums and cause them to become inflamed or infected. As the tartar and plaque move under the gumline, they begin to affect your entire mouth.
Types of Gum Disease
There are two primary types of gum disease, known as gingivitis and periodontitis. If you have gingivitis, this is the first phase of gum disease and is treated relatively easy when caught early. As gingivitis is allowed to progress and treatment is not sought, it may turn into periodontitis. This is a severe form of gum disease and leads to many complications, including bleeding gums, tooth loss, and even bone loss.
Treatment Options for Gum Disease
At Pioneer Dental Group, we offer a variety of dental treatment options to ensure that you do not have to suffer with gum disease. Depending on how far along the disease is, you may need to have one or more treatments performed to ensure the disease is completely eliminated.
The most common treatment method is root planing and scaling, also known as deep cleaning. If you have a severe form of gum disease, we will use this method to remove the tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth, around and under your gums, and on the roots. We may also provide you with antibiotics, which are used to kill the infection and disease inside pockets that have formed in your gums.
Dr. Pioch does not use surgical means to treat your gum disease, so you don’t have to worry about pain or extensive treatment procedures.
If you think you have gum disease or haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, please call our office at (503) 305-5051 to schedule your dental appointment. If you are busy and cannot call our office right now, please feel free to fill out our convenient appointment form, and one of our friendly staff members will call you soon.