Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is caused by a bacterial infection in the gums and can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. If you develop any signs of periodontal disease such as bleeding gums, it is important to see a dentist for treatment as soon as possible. At Hill-Davis Dental Group in Lubbock, TX, Dr. Jimmy Hill and Dr. Camie Davis are your dentists for gum disease treatment!
Causes of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is caused by a bacterial infection, a condition that begins when bacteria that has become trapped in the grooves and crevices on the surfaces of teeth. Trapped bacteria that is not cleaned away eventually leads to the development of plaque and tartar buildup, both of which can lead to gingivitis (an early stage of periodontal disease). If the gingivitis isn't treated, full-blown periodontal disease comes next.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
There are several signs and symptoms associated with periodontal disease, and if you notice any of these signs, contact our Lubbock office to schedule an appointment. Remember, the sooner you seek treatment, the easier and quicker treatment will be! Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Sensitive gums that bleed easily
- Loose or missing teeth
- Severe toothaches
- Receding Gums
- Chronic bad breath
Treatment for Periodontal Disease
There are many ways the dentist can stop the spread of periodontal disease and restore the health of your gums:
- Antibiotics and antimicrobials can be used to clear away lingering bacteria to prevent periodontal disease from progressing.
- Scaling to remove plaque and tartar build up below the gum line
- Root planing to remove signs of infection so that gum tissue can heal and reattach to the teeth where it has come loose.
Concerned about Gum Disease? Give Us a Call!
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hill or Dr. Davis, contact Hill-Davis Dental Group's Lubbock office at (806) 793-0651.