Gum disease and the recession of your gums is identified by three progressive stages
Gum disease and the recession of your gums is identified by three progressive stages. The first level of periodontal disease is called gingivitis, followed by the second, periodontitis. The third level is the most serious condition called advanced periodontitis. Diagnosing and treating gum disease promptly at the first level will stymie the progression and return the health of your gums back to normal.
Gum disease originates from damaging oral bacteria and is considered a huge factor for loose or missing teeth with patients of the age of 35 and over and can also be associated with other unwanted physical health conditions. If not removed daily by brushing, these bacteria are found in the plaque and tartar deposits that build up on the enamel. They create acidic toxins that will immediately attack the teeth, your gums, bone, and the ligaments that hold each tooth in their proper position.
The entire staff at Brechon Dental will embrace you as family. Being family owned for over two generations, we extend our compassion and caring concerns to all patients of all ages. Located at 115 W. Lincoln Ave. in Belvidere, Illinois, 61008, we enjoy serving the entire community and the surrounding areas. Simply call 815-491-8032 with any dental questions or concerns and schedule your appointment today for an examination to see if you might benefit from a periodontal therapy treatment to identify gum disease and recession.
The Stages of Gum Disease and Recession
Gum disease is a progressive disease that will increase in severity. Most patients who develop periodontal disease do so in this progressive order:
- Gingivitis: The first level of gum disease, gingivitis usually develops from bacterial plaque that builds up along your gums. The symptoms of gingivitis are usually sensitive gums that are red, puffy, and will bleed easily. Gingivitis can be stopped and reversed with a professional cleaning at Brechon Dental and your improved personal oral health care, but if it is not addressed quickly, it will develop into the next stage.
- Early Periodontitis: Early periodontitis, the second level, is the result of the continued build-up of bacterial plaque and develops when gingivitis is left untreated. The symptoms of early periodontitis are like gingivitis, but more severe. Your gums will now feel painful and become even more sensitive and brushing and flossing can result in excessive bleeding. Unlike gingivitis, which can usually be treated and stopped with a deep cleaning and improved self-care practices, early periodontitis will likely require more intensive interventions with Brechon Dental.
- Advanced Periodontitis: When the bacteria, plaque, and acidic toxins have progressed to the point that your gum tissue is being destroyed, you now have developed the third level, advanced periodontitis. If it has reached this point the gum recession has begun by developing small pockets between your gums and teeth, which act as breeding grounds for more bacteria to grow. Because of the additional bacteria, these pockets expanding causes the gum recession. If left untreated, this gum recession will result in bone loss.
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Periodontal Therapy Treatment for Gum Disease and Gum Recession
There are several non-surgical and surgical periodontal therapy treatments available that can effectively reverse the damaging impact of gum disease and reduce the likelihood of tooth loss. Prompt treatments can also prevent the need for any tooth extractions and reduce the need for bone grafting.
Common periodontal therapy procedures include the following:
- Scaling and Root Planing: This is a quite common procedure that addresses a deep cleaning removal of the plaque and tartar that has developed below the gum line. Scaling is the removal treatment of the plaque and calculus from the surface of your teeth, where root planing goes deeper and is the smoothing out your teeth’s roots to prevent any bacteria from forming and speeding up the healing process.
- Periodontal Laser Treatment: This treatment removes the damaged gum tissue that has been diseased with a dental laser. We may suggest this solution because unlike traditional treatments, periodontal laser treatment causes less gum shrinkage and less discomfort.
- Periodontal Plastic Surgery: This is a reshaping procedure that is performed to improve the aesthetic appearance of your gum tissue. Brechon Dental can perform this contouring with either a surgical scalpel or a dental laser.
- Dental Implants: This is becoming a common restoration solution. The process begins with the extraction of a decayed or damaged tooth, then followed with an x-ray to determine if there is sufficient jawbone density to properly secure a dental implant. If there is insufficient jawbone, a dental bone graft may be required. If we agree that you are a viable candidate, a small titanium post will be surgically placed into your jawbone. After this has healed, a replacement tooth or bridge will be placed on this post, now acting like a root, delivering natural-like stability.
Proper At-Home Care Can Prevent Gum Disease and Recession
Gum disease can be avoided if you simply practice good oral hygiene habits at home. Though not a guarantee, if you follow these health industry suggestions, you can either reduce or even eliminate your need for periodontal therapy:
- Brush your teeth twice a day and practice proper brushing technique. In addition to brushing regularly, it is also just as important to brush effectively. Our team at Brechon Dental will answer any questions you may have about proper brushing techniques.
- Floss daily. If you do not care to floss, you may want to consider a flossing alternative, such as floss picks or interdental brushes.
- Pay attention to your diet. One of the easiest ways to prevent gum disease from developing is to avoid foods that are sugary or high in starch. If you drink soda or sugary beverages, try to use a straw to limit the exposure of the sugar to your teeth. It is also beneficial to rinse your mouth with water following meals.
- Schedule your regular dental exams. Unchecked dental issues can result in additional issues and the progression of decay, which is why it is so important to visit Brechon Dental every six months. By providing a professional cleaning of your teeth and identifying potential issues before they progress, these regular checkups are critical to preventing gum disease and maintaining your good oral health.
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Brechon Dental is a family-owned dental clinic at 115 W. Lincoln Ave. in Belvidere, Illinois, 61008. Our highly compassionate staff and dentists are genuinely dedicated to your dental care and your healthy smile. When you visit us in our newly designed office, we focus on making your experience with our staff comfortable and rewarding. We wish for you to leave your visit smiling, with teeth that are healthier and brighter. From regular examinations and dental cleanings to a variety of cosmetic procedures, our goal is to provide you with only the best in dental care and treatments so that you achieve and maintain a smile you are proud of. We want you to have convenient access to dental care by accepting most major insurances and offering financing options. Call 815-491-8032 to schedule your appointment with Brechon Dental today.