Gum Disease Treatment in Columbus, Ohio

Gum disease can cause sensitivity, visible roots, recession and loose teeth.

 Gum disease is categorized into three stages – gingivitis, early periodontitis and advanced periodontitis.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease. Symptoms of gingivitis include sensitivity and some bleeding of your gums when you brush or floss. When corrective measures are taken, gingivitis can be reversed.

Gingivitis treatments include:

  • Routine professional cleanings
  • Proper brushing
  • Flossing on a daily basis

When gingivitis is treated early, the tissue can be reversed back to a degree of healthy gums.

Periodontitis

Untreated gingivitis can advance to the second stage of periodontal disease, periodontitis. At this stage, plaque and tartar form under the gums where they cannot be reached with brushing and flossing alone. Plaque and tarter then begin to cause infection, which may damage the bone and the attachment of the gums to the teeth. Gums may start to pull away from the teeth (gum recession), causing more tenderness and bleeding.

Professional intervention is needed to treat the second stage of gum disease and includes:

  • Tissue and root therapy
  • Deep cleanings

A follow-up appointment is recommended one month after periodontitis treatment to determine if further periodontal disease treatment is required.

Advanced Periodontitis

The third stage of gum disease is referred to as advanced periodontitis. In this stage, the bone and the attachment of the gums to the teeth have been destroyed, possibly causing your teeth to shift or loosen. You may notice a bad taste in your mouth or your teeth not coming together properly. Professional dental intervention is needed to treat advanced periodontitis and save the teeth. Treatments include:

  • Pocket reduction therapy
  • Bone grafting

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Please contact Stoner Periodontic Specialists if you could like more information about treating gum disease.