Gum disease is a very common dental problem that affects many patients. Left untreated, gum disease will only worsen and can lead to many symptoms that can cause harm to your smile. If you are dealing with gum disease in the South Milwaukee, WI area, we provide several ways to reverse your symptoms. Call our team to schedule your visit today! Our team will evaluate your smile and offer the best treatment to protect and promote your dental health.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an infection that damages the gums and can affect both the teeth and jawbone. Gum disease infects the tissues that are used to surround and support the teeth. As gum disease worsens, the gums can begin to pull away from the teeth causing receding gums, loose teeth and even tooth loss. Symptoms include:
- Bleeding Gums
- Red, Swollen Gums
- Receding Gums
- Constant Bad Breath
- Loose Teeth
- Sensitivity to Hot or Cold
Stages of Gum Disease
The beginning stage of gum disease is referred to as gingivitis. At this stage, the most common symptom is red, swollen gums. Because this symptom can be easily overlooked, consistent dental visits are recommended to help your dentist diagnose and address signs of gum disease in the earliest stages. Early stages of gum disease can oftentimes be addressed with a dental cleaning or proper at-home care. A more advanced stage of gum disease is called periodontitis and requires more thorough care.
Scaling & Root Planing
One of the most effective ways to maintain gum disease is scaling and root planing. This treatment works in two ways to reverse the effects of gum disease and promote the health of your smile. Scaling is first used to remove plaque and tartar buildup above and below the gumline. Once all of the infection has been addressed, root planing is used to smooth the tooth root and allow the gums to successfully reattach to the tooth. This treatment can be very successful in reversing the signs of gum disease and restoring health to your smile!
An Exceptional Dental Experience
Whether you are in need of specific dental care such as gum disease therapy or interested in maintaining a healthy smile, your experience is important to us. We want every patient to thoroughly enjoy their dental experience, not dread it! We see patients of all ages in every stage of dental development. From children to adults, we strive to help each patient love their smile, enjoy their dental care and make it possible for them to reach their dental goals. Serving our community is our priority and the people who make up our community deserve the very best!