Gum disease – or periodontal disease – is something we at The Foehr Group are adamant about diagnosing and correcting right away. If your gums are inflamed or infected, you could be dealing with a form of gum disease and may be in danger of losing teeth.
During your first visit to our Bloomington, IL dentist office, we will conduct a periodontal screening to fully investigate the condition of your gums. Gum disease can be prevented by coming to see us for regular dental cleanings. If you need a biannual cleaning or are already experiencing gum issues, call us today at 309-434-5279.
Identifying Early Signs Of Gum Disease
If you’re dealing with the following problems, you could have gingivitis – an early form of gum disease. Fortunately, we can eliminate your pain and provide an effective cure. Warning signs include:
- Swollen, receding, or “puffy” gums
- Redness or irritation along your gumline
- Bad breath
- Bleeding while flossing or brushing
- Pus between your teeth or on your gums
- Inflamed “pockets” in your gums
Eventually, gum disease can destroy enough gum and bone tissue that it loosens teeth, sometimes to the point of requiring an extraction.
How We Can Combat Gum Disease
Gum disease is a very common problem. In fact, one in three people are affected by it. So there’s no need to feel embarrassed when you come to see us. You can also take comfort in the fact that we offer sedation dentistry options to ensure the most relaxing and stress-free visit possible.
If you have moderate or advanced gum disease, we may recommend scaling and root planing. This nonsurgical gum disease treatment involves removing bacterial plaque from your gums and the surfaces of your tooth roots.
Afterward, the roots will be smoothed to prevent further intrusion of plaque or tartar under your gumline.