Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, occurs when your gums become infected. When allowed to progress to advanced stages, this condition can cause severe dental health problems which extend to your overall well-being. The good news is that, when detected early, gum disease can be treated and reversed. Patients in Bermuda have come to trust the team at Positive Image Dental for periodontal treatment. Drs. Ian Campbell, Christopher Allington, and Lara Loescher have extensive knowledge on the best ways to treat gum disease so that your dental health can be restored.
Periodontal disease occurs when an infection develops in your gums. This infection is triggered by the development of plaque along the gum line. When detected early on, it is entirely reversible and should cause no long-term damage. Taking swift action against gum disease is the key to protecting yourself from the symptoms that develop as the disease progresses. As plaque builds up, it hardens and forms tartar. Once tartar develops, it cannot simply be brushed away, and you will need to seek professional dental assistance.
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, common symptoms of gum disease include:
The earliest stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, is easily reversible. If you are going in for your regular dental check-ups, any early signs of this condition can be detected, and you will be advised as to what must be done next. Drastic steps may be required to reverse the course of the disease if it has progressed to more advanced stages. Some of the treatments may include scaling and root planing and, if necessary, gum grafting. Gum disease can be cured, but the course of action may need to be adjusted depending on the severity of the disease.