At Dr. Mady's practices, we can spot the symptoms of gum disease and provide dental treatments to protect the health of our patients' gums.
Gum disease is the inflammation and infection of the gums and the surrounding tissue. It is caused by plaque, a thin, colorless film that develops on your teeth. Left untreated, bacterial plaque will harden to tartar. Tartar is a rough, yellow or brown buildup that forms at the gum line. This buildup can lead to the loosening of the teeth, or even make teeth fall out.
Recognizing the symptoms and treating gum disease early helps to prevent the condition from worsening.
When diagnosing Gum Disease, the signs of gum disease we look for include:
Because the symptoms are initially mild, many people don't realize they may have gum disease. You may have an increased risk for gum disease if you smoke, have diabetes, take certain medications, endure excessive stress, or don't eat properly.
We begin by scaling the teeth to remove plaque, and plane the roots to smooth them. We may prescribe antibiotics to clear up any infection or inflammation. Advanced cases may require us to surgically trim the gums, disinfect the tissue, remove the hardened plaque build-up, and re-contour the damaged bone.
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