If your gums are puffy, red, irritated, or bleed when you brush and floss, you may be experiencing the initial stages of gum disease. Contact Hillcrest Dental Group for your exam and learn more about periodontal treatments.
Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease. It is a common condition that consists of redness and swelling of the gums, and minor bleeding. This is usually caused by poor oral hygiene, such as insufficient brushing and flossing techniques. Improving at-home oral health care and regular cleanings appointments with our office can help reverse gingivitis.
Other factors that can increase a patient’s chances for gum disease include diabetes, smoking, genetic predisposition, systemic conditions, stress, vitamin C deficiency, pregnancy, and certain medications.
Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. With time, plaque spreads below the gum line and calcifies into tartar or calculus. Bacteria and debris irritate the tissue surrounding the roots of your teeth, and a cycle of inflammation begins weakening the bone and tissue that holds individual teeth in place.
Our dentists help patients with signs of periodontitis recover their oral health and protect the strength of their teeth. Seeking care for gum disease as soon as possible prevents permanent damage to the bone and soft tissue, as well as tooth loss. Our team provides the following services for patients with periodontal health problems:
Conservative Periodontal Therapy: Root Scaling and Planing
Hillcrest Dental Group offers proven methods to reduce bacteria and plaque. Scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar under the gum line and on the roots of teeth. This process also prevents the development of deep periodontal pockets and the accumulation of infection-causing debris.
In cases where gum disease has caused severe damage to teeth, they may need to be replaced. When one or more teeth need to be extracted, dental implants are a lasting restorative option. Hillcrest Dental Group provides the following teeth replacement solutions:
• Dental Implants
• Dentures & Implant Dentures
If gum disease is negatively impacting your smile, contact our office today for more information about gum disease treatments.