When gum disease, an infection of the gingiva caused by prolonged exposure to bacteria, is left untreated, it progresses to an advanced stage called periodontitis. This stage of gum disease is characterized by swollen and bleeding gums, severe gum recession, loose teeth, bad breath, new gaps between teeth, changes in your bite, and even tooth loss.
Periodontitis is a serious condition, but it can be avoided through proper dental care, including thorough brushing and flossing on a daily basis. We encourage you to visit the dentist every six months, or as soon as you notice a change in the appearance or feel of your gums. While gum disease can be reversed in the early stage, periodontitis is an ongoing condition that must be continuously managed with the help of your dentist.
Your treatment plan for periodontitis will depend on your specific condition. Our team may perform a deep cleaning first to remove the buildup of bacteria below the gum line. If this is not sufficient, gum surgery may need to be involved. Procedures such as tissue grafting, bone grafting, and tissue regeneration can all improve the health of infected gums. Dr. David Powell also offers dental implants and dentures to replace teeth lost to periodontitis.
If you are interested in learning more or suspect you may suffer from periodontitis in Murray, Utah, call 801-266-1414 and schedule a time to meet with our dentist so that we can provide you with the care you need to enjoy excellent oral health.