Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. You may notice that your gums bleed when you brush your teeth. They may also appear red and swollen. The good news is that gingivitis can be effectively managed with a thorough cleaning and an improved home care routine. In fact, you should be able to reverse gum disease in this stage with proper home care.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease at which damage starts to occur. If left untreated, the infection will begin to destroy your gum tissue and bone, which will eventually lead to tooth loss. The bacteria from gum disease can actually enter your bloodstream and travel to other areas of your body. We now understand that this contributes to other health concerns such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes
Over 75% of Americans age 35 and over have some form of gum disease as a result of poor dental hygiene and the subsequent build-up of plaque. If you should find yourself facing gum disease, your trusted team at Birch Avenue Dental is well equipped to help you.
Scaling and Root planing
Soft tissue grafting is recommended when you have gum recession that has left the root exposed due to recession. Soft tissue grafting is a common procedure that is intended to recreate your gum line and prevent further deterioration of the gums while enhancing the appearance of your smile.
Fortunately, periodontal disease often can be treated with a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing. In this treatment, our dentist removes plaque and tartar down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket. The surfaces of the teeth are then smoothed ("or planed") to allow the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the teeth.
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