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Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment in Tigard

What Is Periodontal Disease/Gum Disease?

Close up of irritated gums at Tigard Dentist Lisa GitelsonYour periodontal (gum) tissues are just as important as your teeth. In fact, periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. At Lisa Gitelson, DMD, we focus on preventing and treating periodontal disease to keep your oral health in pristine condition.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar deposits on the surfaces of the teeth and roots. Plaque and tartar contain harmful bacteria that produce acids as they feed on the sugars and other simple carbohydrates we consume every day. In response to these bacteria, your immune system produces toxins that unfortunately target the gum tissues as well. As your condition worsens, the infection spreads to the connective ligaments and underlying bone.

Periodontal disease is broken down into two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is characterized by inflammation of the gums, gum recession, deep periodontal pockets, bad breath, and pus between the teeth and gums. Many people who have gingivitis may not initially notice symptoms as they are often painless.

If gingivitis is left untreated, the disease will progress to periodontitis. Periodontitis is characterized by severe gum recession, swollen and bleeding gums, tender gums, teeth that are loose or misaligned, and chronic bad breath. Ultimately, periodontitis will lead to tooth loss.

Preventing Periodontal Disease

Preventing periodontal disease is fairly simple and straightforward. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis. Brushing and flossing after meals will help remove food debris and bacteria that can get trapped between your teeth and gums. We may also recommend an antibacterial mouthwash for extra protection. If you notice any symptoms of gingivitis, be sure to implement a better oral hygiene routine.

It is important to know certain risk factors as well. Age, smoking, diet, and genetics can all increase your risk for periodontal disease. Regular appointments and professional cleanings can reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

Treating Periodontal Disease

Luckily, gingivitis is easy to treat and reverse. Most cases of gingivitis can be reversed with improvements to your daily oral healthcare routine. For more advanced cases of periodontal disease, we may recommend a procedure known as a scaling and root planing.

During a scaling and root planing, Dr. Lisa Gitelson or our dental hygienist will use an ultrasonic scaler to destroy the plaque and tartar deposits. An ultrasonic scaler produces microscopic bubbles that implode on the surface of your teeth. These bubbles also kill off bacteria. Once we eliminate the plaque, tartar, and bacteria from your teeth, we will smooth out any rough surfaces below the gum line. This prevents the bacteria and plaque from re-adhering below the surface.

After the procedure, your gum tissue should return to a healthy, pink color. The deep periodontal pockets should return to normal depth, and your tissues should hug the tooth once again. If your symptoms do not disappear, we may recommend some other form of periodontal treatment.

Periodontal Disease Maintenance

If the gum disease has advanced far enough, it may no longer be curable and must be managed through peridontal disease maintenance treatments. If it has advanced into periodontal disease, we advise frequent dental appointments at three-month intervals. During these appointments, we will perform something called a deep cleaning. If you suspect that you have gum disease, it is important that you call us right away for treatment. If you ignore it, you may lose your tooth and suffer from the many other illnesses associated with gum disease.

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For additional information on Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment in Tigard contact our office, or call (503) 985-8945, and schedule your appointment today!

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14300 SW Pacific Hwy
Tigard, OR 97224
(503) 985-8945
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