Our experienced dentist and dental team understand that your teeth are not the only important part of your smile – healthy gums are also essential to a healthy smile. One of the most common problems we encounter with the gums is called periodontal disease.
Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease is a condition caused by bacteria in plaque. As plaque and tartar build up on the teeth, the bacteria irritate the gums and cause inflammation. When this is not treated, it can lead to a serious infection that results in receding gums, as well as bone loss and tooth loss.
Stages of Gum Disease
The early stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, is fairly simple to treat with professional cleanings and improved at-home dental care. When it progresses into the more advanced stage called periodontitis, however, it becomes more difficult to treat and can lead to several serious problems. Untreated gum disease can also contribute to health complications such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
To help you improve the health of your smile, Dr. Carlson provides several types of gum treatments at 5 Star Dental Group. Depending on the severity of your condition, gum treatment may include
- Antibiotic treatment
- Deep cleanings called scaling and root planing
- Gum surgery