Though many Americans suffer through the pain of gum disease, many of them will not seek treatment for this disease from a professional dentist. By waiting, individuals often find the course of treatment to be much more intensive. Without treatment, early stages of gum disease can develop into severe periodontal disease, which affects vital oral tissues and eventually leads to tooth loss. Professional intervention can help ensure that gum disease is treated at its earliest stages, preventing advancement of this disease:
If you develop gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, bacteria trapped between your teeth and gums will cause redness and inflammation of your gum tissue. Gums will quickly bleed with simple brushing and flossing. However, at this stage, gum disease is still reversible. Your dentist will be able to thoroughly clean your teeth and prescribe an at-home dental regimen to reduce the symptoms of this condition.
If gingivitis is left untreated, bacteria will continue to grow and produce toxins that break down supportive bone and gum tissues, reducing tooth stability and leading to pocket development. These are the early stages of periodontitis. If you do not seek dental treatment at this point, plaque will continue to harden into tartar, and the surrounding bone and gum tissues will shrink away, diminishing all bone support and deepening the pockets.
In the most advanced stages of gum disease, daily pressure from biting and chewing may cause your teeth to drift, move, or fall out completely. In order to prevent further damage, it is vital that you seek the help of a dentist for gum restoration treatment.
To seek professional help for gum disease, call Colorado Advanced Dentistry at (720) 420-1103. We proudly serve clients in the Lakewood area, and we offer a variety of treatments for gum disease, including LANAP laser gum therapy.