Benefits of Fillings at Midtown Dental

Early intervention makes it possible to completely reverse gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease

Periodontal care will clean and disinfect your gums and get you back to optimal health

Proper treatment for gum disease eliminates the need for more invasive restorative care like extractions and implants

Our dentists are experts in treating and managing gum disease

We offer judgment-free care in a comfortable environment at Midtown Dental

Periodontal Care In Kennewick & Richland

Gum disease affects nearly half of American adults. Its early stages are indicated by subtle symptoms, so many people are not even aware that they have this condition. Without proper care and treatment, gum disease will progress and cause permanent and irreversible damage. At Midtown Dental, we offer treatments to control and eliminate gum disease in Richland and Kennewick. Call today to schedule a consultation!

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease (also called “gum disease”) is an infection of the gums which is caused by poor oral hygiene, though genetics can also play a role. Bacteria, plaque and tartar will build up between your gums and teeth if you do not brush and floss properly. Eventually, these bacteria will infect and attack your gums. 

At first, this only causes minor symptoms like inflammation and discoloration of the gums. However, if left untreated, periodontal disease can cause serious and irreversible damage to your teeth and gums.

Treatment Options for Periodontal Disease

The first step in treating periodontal disease is typically a procedure called “deep cleaning,” or “scaling & root planing.” This involves using special dental tools to remove the plaque and tartar away from between your teeth, and to smooth the roots of your teeth to prevent bacterial buildup. This is usually accompanied by antibiotic treatments, which help remove any lingering bacteria.

In most cases, this is enough to reverse gingivitis or halt the progression of gum disease. However, more advanced cases of periodontal disease may require surgical treatments, such as gum flap surgery to clean the roots of your teeth more thoroughly, or gum grafting to restore damaged oral tissue.

Signs That You May Have Periodontal Disease

The initial stage of periodontal disease, known as gingivitis, is characterized by relatively minor symptoms:

  • Blood when you brush and floss
  • Swollen and inflamed gums
  • Gums appearing purple or red instead of pink
  • Halitosis (persistent bad breath)

As the disease gets worse, the symptoms become more severe:

  • Teeth may look longer due to gum recession
  • Tooth sensitivity that causes pain when biting and chewing
  • Sensitivity when eating hot and cold foods 
  • A change in the way your teeth fit together
  • Pus forming between your teeth and gums

The Stages Of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is usually split into three stages of varying severity. Gingivitis is the first stage. This refers to cases of periodontal disease that are reversible and have not yet caused permanent damage to your teeth and gums.

The next stage is usually called “periodontitis.” At this point, the disease is not reversible and it has caused permanent damage to your teeth and gums. However, periodontitis can usually be controlled with proper intervention, halting its progression and preserving your teeth.

The final stage is called “advanced periodontitis.” In this stage of the disease, your teeth and gums have been severely damaged, and it may not be possible to save most of your teeth. You may need multiple extractions, and your missing teeth will need to be replaced with a set of
dentures or a similar restorative treatment.

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