Gum disease is a serious gum infection that damages gums and can destroy the jawbone. Gum disease is common but preventable. The cause is usually poor oral hygiene. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss. It is a risk factor for heart and lung diseases. It is identified by three progressive stages.
Gum Disease and Recession at Padron Dental in Rockford
Gum disease is a serious gum infection that damages gums and can destroy the jawbone. Gum disease is common but preventable. The cause is usually poor oral hygiene. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss. It is a risk factor for heart and lung diseases. It is identified by three progressive stages. The first level of periodontal disease is called gingivitis, followed by periodontitis. The third is the most serious level of the condition and is called advanced periodontitis. Diagnosing and treating gum disease and recession promptly will stymie the progression.
The result of accumulating damaging oral bacteria, gum disease is considered a huge contributor of loose or missing teeth and can also be connected to many other unwanted physical health conditions. These bacteria are found in the plaque and tartar that build up on the enamel. They create acidic toxins that immediately harm your teeth, gums, bone, and the ligaments that keep each tooth in their correct position.
The entire team at Padron Dental enjoy helping people in a field where they can apply knowledge, art, science, and beauty. Padron Dental specializes in prosthodontics, which is the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems that involve restoring missing tooth and jaw structure. A prosthodontist is highly trained in cosmetics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD), and more. We offer you comprehensive dental care in the convenience of one location utilizing the latest techniques in cosmetic, preventative, restorative, and implant dentistry. Call us today at 815-397-3820 to schedule your appointment to evaluate whether you might have a level of gum disease and recession. We are conveniently located at 419 N. Mulford Rd, #5, Rockford, IL, 61007.
The Stages of Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is a progressive disease that gradually increases in intensity and severity. It usually develops in the following order:
- Gingivitis: The first level of gum disease, gingivitis usually develops from bacterial plaque that builds up along your gums. Gingivitis is usually evident with sensitive gums that are red, puffy, and will bleed easily. Gingivitis can be quickly reversed with a professional cleaning at Padron Dental and your improved at-home oral health care, but if it is not addressed quickly, it will advance into the next stage.
- Early Periodontitis: Early periodontitis is from the continued build-up of bacterial plaque and develops when gingivitis is left untreated. The symptoms of early periodontitis are just like gingivitis, but more severe. The gums will feel painful and become sensitive with brushing and flossing and will result in excessive bleeding. Unlike gingivitis, which can be treated with a deep cleaning and improved self-care practices, early periodontitis will most likely require more intensive interventions with Padron Dental.
- Advanced Periodontitis: When the bacteria, plaque, and acidic toxins have developed to the point that your gum tissue is being destroyed, you now have reached the stage of advanced periodontitis. If you have progressed to this point you will have small pockets between your gums and teeth, which act as breeding grounds for even more bacteria. Because of the increase in bacteria, these pockets expand which causes gum recession. If left untreated, this gum recession will result in bone loss.
Treatment for Gum Disease and Recession
There are several surgical and non-surgical periodontal therapy treatment options available that can reverse the negative impact of gum disease and reduce the likelihood of tooth loss. These treatments can also prevent the need for any tooth extractions and reduce the need for dental bone grafts.
- Scaling and Root Planing: This is a frequently used procedure that focuses on a deep cleaning removal of the plaque and tartar that has developed below the gum line. Scaling refers to the elimination of the plaque and calculus from the surface of your teeth, where root planing is the smoothing out your teeth’s roots to prevent additional bacteria from adhering to the roots and speeding up the healing process.
- Periodontal Laser Treatment: This treatment will remove damaged gum tissue that has been diseased with the use of a laser. You may be interested in this option because unlike traditional treatments, periodontal laser treatment causes less gum shrinkage and less discomfort.
- Periodontal Plastic Surgery: A reshaping, recontouring procedure that is performed to improve the aesthetic appearance of irregular gum tissue. Padron Dental can either perform this contouring with a surgical scalpel or a laser.
- Dental Implants: This is a restoration solution following tooth loss. The dental implant process begins with the extraction of a tooth followed by an x-ray to determine if there is adequate jawbone density to properly hold a dental implant. If there is insufficient jawbone, a dental bone graft may be required. If you are a viable candidate, a titanium post will be surgically placed into your jawbone. After this has healed, a replacement crown will be placed on this post delivering natural like stability.
Dr. Adriana Padron
Dr. Adriana Padron was born in Venezuela, and is a fourth generation dentist from both sides of her family. Since she was a child, she always showed interest in dentistry and became one when she graduated first in her class from El Bosque University in Bogota, Colombia in 2006.
Proper Oral Hygiene Can Prevent Gum Disease and Gum Recession
Periodontal disease can be totally avoided if you exercise consistent oral hygiene habits at home. Though not a guarantee, if you follow these health industry suggestions, you can reduce or eliminate any need for periodontal therapy for gum disease:
- Brush your teeth twice a day and practice proper brushing technique. In addition to brushing regularly, it is also just as important to brush effectively. Our team at Padron Dental will be happy to answer any questions you may have about proper brushing techniques.
- Floss daily. If you do not care to floss, you may want to consider flossing alternatives, such as interdental brushes or floss picks.
- Pay attention to your diet. One of the best and easiest ways you can prevent gum disease from developing is to avoid foods that have excessive sugar or starch. If you do enjoy sugary beverages, try to use a straw to limit the exposure of sugar to your teeth. It is also beneficial to swish your mouth with water following meals.
- Schedule regular preventative dental exams. Undetected dental issues can result in problems like the progression of decay, which is why it is so important to visit Padron Dental every six months. By providing a deep cleaning for your teeth and diagnosing any potential issues before they progress, these consistent checkups are critical to preventing gum disease and maintaining your good oral health.
Padron Dental Provides a Dental Experience that is Comfortable and Efficient
The team at Padron Dental will make your visit easy and comfortable. It is important to us at Padron Dental to provide each patient with the best dental experience possible. Therefore, we keep up to date on the latest dental technologies and techniques, to ensure that your gum disease and recession treatment is not only effective, but comfortable as well. Whether you need a dental cleaning and exam or an advanced dental implant procedure, we provide you with compassion and expertise. We have brightened the lives and smiles of many patients. Let us brighten yours! You can find us at 419 N. Mulford Rd. #5, Rockford, IL, 61007. Or simply give us a call at 815-397-3820 to get your appointment scheduled.