Periodontal disease is a serious oral health concern affecting nearly half of the adult population in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Alfred Roseroot, DMD, provides high-quality periodontal treatment for his patients at Roseroot Dental in Des Plaines, Illinois. To get started with your periodontal treatment, call the office today or book an appointment online.
Periodontal disease is an oral health concern involving bacterial infection of your gum tissue. It’s the leading cause of tooth loss and often develops silently, which means that most people aren’t aware that they have it until it’s already progressed into its later stages. Periodontal disease has also been linked to other diseases, like:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Bacterial pneumonia
With good preventive care and early treatment, the team at Roseroot Dental can treat your periodontal disease and restore your oral health.
What causes periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease develops when plaque and tartar are left on your teeth for too long. Plaque is a sticky film made up of food debris, bacteria, and saliva, while tartar is plaque that’s hardened on the surface of your teeth. Plaque can be removed at home with regular brushing and flossing, but tartar requires a professional dental cleaning to eliminate.
Plaque and tartar are full of bacteria and toxins that irritate your gum tissue. The irritation and infection are what causes periodontal disease.
What are the different stages of periodontal disease?
In the early stages of periodontal disease (called gingivitis), your gums become tender, red, and swollen as they grow increasingly irritated by the bacteria in the plaque and tartar on your teeth. They might bleed when you brush or floss, but you also might not be able to see any noticeable signs of irritation.
If gingivitis is left untreated, it develops into periodontitis. In periodontitis, your gum tissue becomes so irritated that it begins to pull away from your teeth, creating pockets that collect even more bacteria. Eventually, the infection begins to eat away at the underlying structures holding your teeth in place, leaving your teeth to eventually fall out.
What are the signs of periodontal disease?
Some of the indications of early stage periodontal disease (gingivitis) include:
- Sore gums
- Swollen or red gums
- Bloody gums after brushing or flossing
Some of the signs and symptoms of advanced stage periodontal disease (periodontitis) include:
- Metallic taste in your mouth
- Loose teeth
- Pockets between the teeth and gums
- Abscess on your gums
- Changes in how your bite feels
If you’re experiencing any of these conditions, schedule a visit with Roseroot Dental immediately.
What periodontal treatments do you offer?
If your gum disease is in the early stages, the Roseroot Dental team can typically reverse it with a deep cleaning called scaling and root planing. If your gum disease has progressed, you might need surgery, such as flap surgery or pocket reduction surgery.
Treat your gum disease today and schedule a visit with Roseroot Dental by phone or booking online.