If your teeth hurt when you chew or your gums bleed during regular brushing and flossing, you probably have gum disease.
Gum disease is a serious condition that afflicts almost 65 million Americans. If gum disease is not treated, it can wreak havoc on your smile.
When gum disease is permitted to progress to advanced stages, it can result in the loss of one or more teeth. And gum disease must be treated before a dentist can restore your smile with dental implants.
Gum disease is a devastating bacterial infection. The bacteria which causes gum disease feeds on plaque and calculus. Plaque is the film which develops on your teeth after you eat something. If plaque is not removed through brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash, it can harden and become calculus.
Calculus (also known as tartar) is the rough substance that dental hygienists scrape off teeth during dental cleanings. When calculus is allowed to remain on your teeth, it enables gum disease to penetrate deep into your gums. This can cause large pockets of pus to develop around the base of your teeth.
There are three stages of gum disease: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. If your dentist discovers your gum disease early, during the gingivitis stage, it’s a lot easier to treat. That’s why it’s so important to see your dentist for regular checkups.
Gum disease isn’t likely to get better on its own. When people neglect their gum disease, it can quickly progress to more hazardous stages. And when gum disease reaches the advanced periodontitis stage, the symptoms can be alarming:
Many patients fear that their gum disease makes them ineligible for dental implants. But only a qualified implant dentist like Dr. Platt can determine if dental implants are the ideal way to restore your smile.
When you have your dental implant consultation with Dr. Platt, he’ll make his recommendations based on your individual dental situation. He could recommend treatment for gum disease to prepare you for the dental implant process.
At Lasting Impressions Dental Care, we provide state-of-the-art treatments for gum disease, including antibiotic gels and ultrasonic scaling with Diode Laser therapy.
Get in touch with Dr. Platt at Lasting Impression Dental Care if you’ve been thinking about restoring your smile with dental implants. Your new smile could be closer than you think.