Gum disease is one of the most common infections in the United States with about 80% of adults being diagnosed. It comes in stages, and each stage comes with it’s own treatment. In order to help you have a better idea of what goes on with gum disease and gum disease treatment, we have put together a list of common patient situations and how we approach those situations.
The Prevention Patient – Let’s face it: some patients are just really good at prevention. Patients who have a deeply ingrained oral hygiene routine that includes brushing, flossing, and routine dental appointments are the ones who are very unlikely to see gum disease.
The Almost There Patient – This patient wants to have good oral hygiene and health, but doesn’t always succeed in preventing infection. If this patient will maintain routine dental appointments, however, we can easily remove the gingivitis infection during a good dental cleaning.
The Full-Blown Infection Patient – A patient with poor oral hygiene who doesn’t come to the dental office regularly is at risk of a full-blown periodontitis infection. At this point, the bacteria has worked its way into pockets deep in the gums. If left untreated, the teeth are at risk of being lost completely. Deep cleaning techniques, and possibly surgery, are required to repair the damage from advanced gum disease.
No matter where you fear you would fall on this progression of gum disease, it is very important that you come in for regular checkups. We could still be able to save your tooth or treat the infection without much damage, but you must come in. Contact us today to set up an appointment, and let us know what your concerns are for your smile. We’d be happy to help you address those concerns quickly and efficiently.