Periodontal (gum) disease is a degenerative condition caused by an infection in your gums. When harmful bacteria infect your gums, they cause an inflammation in the gum tissue which gradually worsens, and when left untreated leads to tooth loss, bone loss and gum recession. In the early stages of gum disease, the condition can be halted before serious damage is done to your oral health. However, if the condition progresses to a more severe stage of the disease you may require extensive treatment to get your gum disease under control and restore your teeth, gums and supporting oral structures.
Common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Swollen, red or tender gums
- Gums which bleed easily
- Loose teeth
- Painful chewing
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums
When you visit our office, Dr. Glenn M. Wilson will examine your entire mouth to determine the severity of your gum disease and which treatment would be most beneficial for you. There are a variety of treatments available, ranging from deep dental cleanings and improved at-home oral hygiene to antibiotic treatments and gum surgeries. We will develop an individualized treatment plan that will meet your unique oral health needs and help you regain your smile.
You can also minimize your risk of gum disease by:
- Maintaining good oral hygiene at home
- Keeping all your regular dental appointments for preventive care
- Not smoking or using other tobacco products
- Eating a balanced, nutritious diet
Give us a call at 860-272-4312 to learn more about periodontal treatment in New Milford, Connecticut, and schedule your consultation with our caring dentist.