Gum disease is a common condition, but it can have severe consequences for your oral health. For gum disease treatment in Spokane, we have you covered. Call our friendly and professional dental team today.
Many people have some form of gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease causes the loss of the gum tissue and bone that support our teeth. If left untreated, teeth will start to loosen, and it can ultimately lead to tooth loss. At Matta Woolf Family Dentistry, our team will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums and educate you on the best techniques for preventing or managing gum disease.
Gum disease is an infection in your gum tissue that has two distinct stages. The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. At this early stage, you may experience bad breath, red or swollen gums, or gums that bleed when brushing or flossing. Gum disease is easily treated and reversed if caught at this stage.
If left untreated, gum disease can progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis is a severe infection that can attack your gums, teeth, tooth roots and even your jawbone. At this stage, your gums will begin to recede, exposing your tooth roots and loosening your teeth in their sockets. This can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Gum disease is caused by built-up plaque and tartar on the surfaces of the teeth. The bacteria from plaque and tartar release toxins that attack the gums and surrounding tissues. Patients who have poor dental hygiene and miss regular cleanings are at a higher risk for gum disease. Other health and lifestyle factors can contribute to gum disease, including:
If caught early, we can easily reverse your gingivitis with good oral hygiene and antibacterial mouth rinses or toothpastes as needed. For more advanced cases, our office offers gum disease treatment including:
Known as a deep cleaning, we perform this procedure to remove the built-up plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth and tooth roots. First, our dentist will clean away all the plaque and tartar from your teeth and down into the gums in a process called scaling. Then our dentist will work under the gum line to smooth the surfaces of your tooth roots, called root planing. This will keep bacteria from building up on your tooth roots and help your gums reattach to your teeth.
When your gums recede and your teeth decay, you develop gaps between your gums and teeth called periodontal pockets. These pockets trap bacteria and worsen your infection, leading to tooth and bone loss. To treat this condition, we perform a pocket reduction surgery. During this procedure, we will fold back the gum tissue and clean out the bacteria inside, reducing the size of the pockets and helping to clear out the infection.