Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is a degenerative condition which affects your gums and other soft tissues. Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria in plaque. It begins as a mild inflammation of the gums. If untreated, gum disease can progress to a more serious condition that causes gum recession, tooth loss and even bone loss.
Common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Gums that are swollen, red or tender
- Gums that bleed easily
- Loose teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Painful chewing
- Receding gums or teeth that appear longer than usual
At Modern Dental, we care about your smile and oral health as much as you do. Our experienced dentists offer gum disease treatments to help combat the harmful bacteria in your mouth and stop the effects of periodontal disease. There are a number of treatments available to meet your needs. When you visit our office, Dr. Morley and Dr. Hamel will evaluate your mouth and develop an individualized treatment plan based on your specific case. Your treatment may include deep dental cleanings (scaling and root planing), an improved home care routine, antibiotic treatment or gum surgery.
If you have questions about gum disease treatment, we warmly welcome you to schedule an appointment at our dental office in Springfield, Illinois. Call us today at (217) 698-3400.