Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment
Gum disease is not something to ignore! If left untreated, it could damage the health of your gums and impact the well-being of your smile forever.
Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is an infection of the gums surrounding your teeth and is one of the main reasons for tooth loss in adults. At Wolff Dentistry, we do our best to help you prevent periodontal disease, but sometimes the disease develops when the necessary steps are not taken. The Wolff Dentistry team checks for signs during each regular checkup as part of our periodontal disease treatment!
Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque. If the plaque is not removed with flossing, brushing, and regular dental checkups, it will keep building up and cause damage to the gums. There are two stages of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis.
- Gingivitisis the early stage of gum disease. The gums become red, swollen, and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is treatable and can usually be removed by simply brushing and flossing regularly.
- If left untreated, gingivitis will progress into periodontitis, which is when the gums and bone that support the teeth become irreparably damaged. Teeth can become loose and may even fall out or need to be removed.
Treatments for gum disease usually vary depending on the severity of each individual case.
At Wolff Dentistry, we offer:
- Dental cleanings
- Scaling and root planing techniques
- Periodontal surgery and laser gum surgery