Leaving Gum Disease Untreated Affects More Than Just Your Smile
Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss? Bleeding gums is something many consider to be “normal.” However, symptoms like soreness and bleeding gums are never normal, and indicate that a periodontal problem may be to blame. Gum (periodontal) disease is a serious condition affecting millions of people.
This progressive disease is caused by harmful oral bacteria that initiate the breakdown of bone around your teeth. It also has the potential to cause damage to other parts of the body, if left untreated. Contact Dr. Volchonok today at AV Periodontics in Manhattan, NY and Greewich, CT.
Untreated gum disease increases your risk of systemic health effects like:
Stages of Gum Disease
When we catch gum disease at its earliest stage, gingivitis, we can reverse it. However, if your condition reaches an advanced stage, it may become incurable.
The earliest stage of gum disease, gingivitis is caused by plaque and calculus buildup along the gumline. This stage is usually accompanied by swollen gums that may bleed while brushing and flossing. At this point, the disease has not reached the bone underneath the gums, and as a result, is reversible.
At this second stage your gums may be receding, and deep periodontal “pockets” have formed between your teeth and gums. These pockets are hollow areas that harbor tartar, plaque, and disease-causing bacteria. Open and susceptible to infection, bacteria has reached and permanently damaged your bone. If you believe you’re at this stage, seek gum disease treatment immediately to prevent further damage including tooth loss.
During the final stage of gum disease, the infection has progressed and damaged the connective tissues and jawbone that support your teeth. As a result, your teeth can loosen, shift, and even fall out. This may result in changes to your bite and malocclusion as well as significant limitations to your oral function. We highly recommend immediate treatment and may advise receiving osseous surgery to manage the disease.
Knowing These Signs of Gum Disease Can Save Your Health
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Scaling and Root Planing
A non-surgical treatment, scaling and root planing is often the first procedure in the fight against gum disease. Scaling removes the bacterial plaque from above and below the gumline. Root planing smooths the tooth surfaces to encourage healthy tissue reattachment and protection against future infection.
Laser Gum Treatment
A minimally invasive service that treats periodontal disease without incisions or sutures.
Osseous surgery is the most aggressive treatment for advanced gum disease in Manhattan, NY & Greenwich, CT. It involves removing the diseased gum tissue and repairing the damaged bone to restore support to the teeth. This surgery also removes the bacteria and calculus trapped in the deep pockets between the teeth.
A procedure that eliminates excess, overgrown or inflamed gums.
Once gum disease has been comprehensively treated, periodontal maintenance is recommended to ensure it does not return. This procedure is completed every 3-4 months and involves a deep cleaning of the teeth at and below the gumline to remove bacteria and plaque accumulation. These deep cleanings will replace your regularly scheduled hygiene appointments.
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