Our dentists at Gilling Dental in Marion, Wisconsin perform full periodontal functions. Periodontal dentistry specializes in diagnosing, preventing, and treating periodontal disease, oral inflammation, and placing dental implants. We recommend periodontal care to patients who are suffering from severe periodontal/gum disease to help them avoid the loss of a tooth and the destruction of soft tissues in the mouth.
There are even situations where gum disease is present, but there are no noticeable symptoms. By sticking to routine dental cleanings and exams, our dental team can ensure that the first signs of gum disease can be nipped in the bud before it has time to become a much more serious issue.
Gingivitis is gum inflammation and is the precursor to full blown periodontal disease. In the early stages, bacterial plaque can build up which causes the gums to become inflamed and easily bleed when brushed. Despite this gum irritation, teeth are all still in place and no permanent tissue or bone damage has occurred.
If left untreated, a person's gums and bones can start to pull away from their teeth and form pockets. These pockets will start to collect debris and become infected. The body's immune system will try to fight the bacteria and the enzymes that are trying to fight the infection will actually start to break down the bone and connective tissues holding the teeth in place. This breakdown will cause the patient to actually start losing teeth.
Gum disease has a better chance of occurring in patients that don't go to the dentist regularly. But it is also common in pregnant women and those going through hormonal changes, including puberty and menopause. Also, illnesses like diabetes can interfere with the patient's immune system and increase the chance for gum disease.
If you believe you are suffering from periodontal disease, make an appointment at Gilling Dental today. Our dentists will ensure your smile gets back on a healthy path.
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