Your Gum Disease Questions Answered
Gum disease is not to be treated lightly. If left untreated, the disease could lead to more serious complications such as problems with the heart, lungs, erectile dysfunction and cancer. For residents of Central Georgia and nearby cities, Dr. Vin Bhasin and Dr. Russell G. Eyman are committed to helping clients prevent gum diseases through a wide variety of gum disease treatments, including Macon non-surgical treatment options.
1. What exactly is a gum disease?
A gum disease is, by and large, an infection of the gums,often characterized by swollen and painful gums. Gum disease is primarily a result of plaque formation. The two common types of gum disease include gingivitis and periodontal disease.
2. What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. This is often undetected as pain and discomfort are minimal when one has it. Gingivitis could be easily treated with professional dental treatment complemented with home care.
3. How about periodontal disease? What is it?
Periodontal disease is an advanced stage of gingivitis where plaque has formed and grow below the gum line. The toxins produced by the chronic inflammation not only affects the gums but also the teeth and other supporting structures surrounding the mouth. The gums may separate or appear longer as a result of a receding gum line. Periodontal disease appear in various forms and could range from destruction of the surrounding bone structures to complete necrosis of the gingival tissues.
4. How do I prevent gum disease?
Since gum disease is heavily attributed to plaque formation, prevention should be directed to reduce one from occurring. While plaque normally occurs as a thin film of bacteria which forms on the surface of the teeth and gums, it is important to regularly remove them by flossing brushing your teeth every day.
5. How is gum disease treated?
Treatment depends on the severity of the disease. Treatment options could range from aggressive cleaning to laser treatment sessions.
6. What should I do if I think I have gum disease?
The single most essential intervention is to visit your trusted dentist and have your teeth and gums thoroughly assessed. The degree of treatment option suggested will be based on the severity of your gum disease.
Dr. Bhasin and Dr. Eyman are highly experienced in the prevention and treatment of gum diseases. If you or someone you know would like to know the treatment options available for you, schedule a personal consultation with us by calling 478.923.0232. You can also opt to fill out this contact form.