Gum disease often goes unnoticed, with many men and women not recognizing the symptoms. If you have red, swollen gums or experience discomfort or bleeding when brushing your teeth, it’s essential that you visit Dr. Andy Mueller at Brooklyn Avenue Dental in Seattle, Washington. When caught early enough, Dr. Andy can reverse gingivitis, which leads to gum disease. If you think you might be experiencing symptoms of gum disease, act fast to prevent progression and schedule an appointment online or over the phone.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, and it’s reversible with proper treatment. If you have gingivitis, you might experience red and swollen gums that may bleed while brushing your teeth. Gingivitis is often the result of poor oral hygiene and can be easily overlooked.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, occurs when gingivitis has advanced to the next stage. At this stage, bacteria gets under your gum line and causes the breakdown of bone and tissue around your teeth, loosening them and eventually causing them to fall out or have to be removed.
Some symptoms occur when you have gum disease, including:
Although tooth loss is possible, Dr. Andy does everything in his power to prevent this from occurring.
As gingivitis, gum disease is curable with thorough dental cleaning and at-home care. When it advances to periodontal disease, Dr. Andy manages the condition via root scaling and planing, also known as a deep cleaning.
Root scaling and planing is the process of removing bacteria, tartar, and plaque from the surface of your teeth, both below and above the gum line using a specialized dental tool. Then the surface of your teeth is smoothed, which prevents bacteria, tartar, and plaque from reattaching.
Through root scaling and planing, the gums can heal and reattach to the teeth. It’s likely that you won’t need any further treatment.
Treatment can also depend on the severity of your gum disease: Some people only require one treatment while others require several visits. Dr. Andy schedules a follow-up after the scaling and planing to assess the results of the treatment and make sure that your gums are in good health.