Periodontal disease is prevalent among adults over thirty, with an estimated 50% having some level of gum disease. This percentage grows larger in the population over fifty. When periodontal disease progresses, it begins to cause receding, bleeding gums and the gum tissue and bone around the teeth can begin to deteriorate. At Alluvial Dental Center, we strive to help our patients prevent gum disease. However, when it is already present, we have effective treatments to stop the progression, including gum surgery.
Gum disease is essentially an infection of the gums. Bacteria attacks the gum tissue and tartar is formed that irritates the gums. Early stages of gum disease can be treated with more frequent or deeper cleanings of the roots of the teeth and by using medication to fight infection. As it progresses, more invasive treatments may be needed below the gum line. Treatments, such as scaling and root planning, will remove bacteria and tartar. When the bacteria have caused gum tissue damage, surgery may be required to stop the disease.
Relief from Bleeding and Receding Gums
Periodontal disease is often associated with bleeding and receding gums, but it is much more dangerous than just these symptoms. Eventually, the bacteria can cause enough damage to the gums and bone that teeth are lost. Plus, the bacteria that cause periodontal disease are linked to higher risks for strokes, diabetes and other serious health problems.
Gum surgery for periodontal disease varies depending on the level of gum tissue damage. Dr. Park and our hygienist work together to find the right treatment option for each patient. If gum surgery is needed to restore gum health and give you relief, Dr. Park and his team will discuss the options available. They will answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
If you have periodontal disease resulting in receding or bleeding gums, contact our office to learn more about our gum disease treatment options, including gum surgery.