What exactly is gum disease, or periodontal disease?
- Posted on: Aug 15 2021
Gum disease, often referred to by dentists as periodontal disease, is a common infection that can occur within the smile. Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano of DeStefano Dentistry in Pittsford, NY can not only provide a diagnosis of this condition, but offers effective treatment to get the infection under control.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is actually an infection that starts in the gum tissues and can spread throughout the smile. The earlier stage known as gingivitis is the easiest to treat. Characteristics of gum disease include bleeding of the gum tissue, and swelling and redness that can be easily seen. At this stage, patients can have the condition treated promptly to keep it from becoming more extensive. Without proper treatment during this stage, patients are risking substantial damage to their smile including gum shrinkage, bone loss, and tooth loss.
How is gum disease treated?
The treatment for gum disease depends on the stage at which it has reached. The earliest stage, gingivitis, is treated with extra dental cleanings and the use of antibiotics if needed. The later stages, however, require more extensive work, including cleanings known as “scaling and root planing,” which is used to address infection underneath the gums as well as along the gumline. Antibiotics may be applied manually to the surfaces in the mouth or may be prescribed as an oral medication. This controls the infection and can help calm the condition to restore dental health. Patients who have gum disease will need to see the dentist regularly afterwards to monitor for signs of progression.
Do you suspect you have gum disease?
If you are worried that you might have periodontal disease, it is critical that you see a dentist as soon as possible to get a proper diagnosis and start treatment. Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano is excited to offer patients solutions right in his practice to help take control of the infection and bring the smile back to health. Contact the office by calling (585) 248-2383 to book an appointment with our front office team, and visit us at 600 Kreag Road in Pittsford, NY. We provide quality care for new and returning patients of the community.
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