Gum disease comes in various levels of severity, starting with gingivitis. While not as serious as periodontitis, gingivitis should not be ignored. This infection of the gum tissue can cause red, swollen gums that can be tender and change the appearance of your smile. Plus, if left untreated, gingivitis may evolve into periodontitis, which can lead to bone and tissue loss around the teeth and result in lost teeth. Our team at Stafford Oral Surgery offers treatment for gum disease and gingivitis to restore oral and overall health.
Gingivitis and all forms of gum disease are caused by an infection of the gums. This occurs when the bacteria in plaque and tartar on the teeth irritate the gum tissue, causing it to become inflamed and infected. Treatment for gingivitis begins with removing the bacteria, plaque and tartar that cause this infection. This can involve cleaning below the gum line to remove tartar, using medications to fight infection and even surgery to repair the gums. The type of treatment depends on the progression of the gum disease; more severe damage to the gums may require that the diseased tissue is removed.
What are the Symptoms of Gingivitis?
Gingivitis does have symptoms, but they can often be subtle. It may start with gums that look red or puffy; they may bleed easily when brushing or flossing your teeth. Some people experience tenderness or notice that their gums are pulling back from the teeth, changing the appearance of their smile. However, gingivitis can be present without any discomfort, which is why it is so dangerous. Regular cleanings and checkups can help identify the early stages of gingivitis so you can begin treatment. When caught early, many people can experience a reversal of gum tissue damage, protecting their health and their smile.
Your gums are a vital part of your health and important to protect your teeth. If you have gingivitis, Stafford Oral Surgery offers advanced treatment to help improve your oral health and protect your beautiful smile. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation for you or a member of your family.