What is Gum Disease?

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Gum disease is a serious and dangerous dental issue that is very destructive. It has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis symptoms include red, swollen and tender gums as well as bad breath and bleeding gums. Periodontitis symptoms include receding gums, the formation of gum pockets, loose teeth and lost teeth. This disease is caused by a buildup of plaque on the teeth and gumline. If the plaque is not removed, it attacks the smile, turns into tartar and severely affects the oral health.

Gingivitis is easier to treat than periodontitis. In fact, a simple professional dental cleaning should treat the problem. Our dental team will remove the plaque from your teeth and gumline and promote healing in the gums. Periodontitis is harder to treat because if plaque is left on the smile, it turns into tartar, which is a very toxic and stubborn substance. Treatments available for this stage of gum disease include scaling and root planing, frequent dental cleanings, laser therapy, bone grafts, gum grafts and other restorative treatments. If the disease has destroyed the majority of your teeth, our dentist, Dr. Frank Russomanno, Jr., might need to extract teeth and replace them with dental implants.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about gum disease in Bloomington, Minnesota, please reach out to our dental team at Amber Leaf Family Dental. All you need to do is dial 952.881.0504 and we will be more than happy to help you. We look forward to hearing from you!