Gum Disease

Do your gums feel tender or sore? Do they look red and swollen? If so, you may have gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss as well as various other health problems. In fact, more and more life-threatening illnesses are being linked to the presence of dental diseases, which is why it is critical to see your dentist in order to check your gums.

Gum Disease Farmington CT

How Gum Disease Happens

Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, is a serious condition proven to be the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It is caused by an accumulation of plaque at and below the gum line. Plaque is a naturally occurring bacteria that it typically removed with daily brushing and flossing. Without adequate removal, plaque can harden into tartar, leading to an infection that leads not only to weakening gum fibers but also to bone loss in the jaw.

Common symptoms of gum disease

  • Bleeding and/or receding gums
  • Pain or sensitivity in your teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Persistent bad breath

Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease develops in two stages – gingivitis and periodontitis. We detect the development of gingivitis by evaluating early symptoms, which are completely reversible through our four-point dental cleanings, root planing, and/or dental antibiotics. However, if periodontitis is allowed to set in, it will cause permanent damage to your tooth structure and gum tissue. While this severe stage cannot be reversed, we have the skill and technology to effectively treat it through a combination of laser gum surgery and dental implants.

Brushing and flossing regularly, eating a healthy diet, and regular visits to your dentist are simple yet highly effective ways to prevent gum disease. If you do suffer from gum disease in Farmington or nearby areas, please do not hesitate to contact the team at Farmington Village Dental as soon as possible for top-quality treatment.

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