Gum disease can be a very mild case that can be very easily treated, but it can also progress into something that is very serious. In its infancy, gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque, which is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on and in-between teeth. When this plaque isn’t removed properly through regular brushing and flossing, it can irritate your gums and cause a whole myriad of problems.
Gum disease may begin with mild irritation and slight bleeding of the gums and progress into worse symptoms. If you believe you may be suffering from gum disease, please contact our Madison, Wisconsin dentist, Dr. James Tauschek, at Maple Grove Dental by calling (608) 588-8598.
Types of Gum Disease
Gum disease can begin as just a simple gathering of bacteria that may cause irritation around your gum line. However, as the bacteria from left-behind plaque remains on your teeth longer and longer, it will cause the gums to become inflamed. The inflamed gum tissue can begin to separate from the teeth creating pockets that can be infiltrated by bacteria. If this is left untreated, it will progress into gingivitis and, eventually periodontitis.
Symptoms and Treatment of Gum Disease
The first signs of gingivitis are irritated gums that bleed when brushed or while eating. Other symptoms of gum disease include the following:
- Swollen and tender gums
- Bad breath that doesn’t go away
- Bad taste in your mouth that doesn’t go away
- Receding gums
- Pockets between your teeth and gums
- Loose teeth
- Shifted teeth
- Changes in your bite
- Changes in the way your dentures fit
If you’re suffering from gum disease, it is imperative to receive treatment as soon as possible from our Madison dentist. If left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis, which can harm the ligaments and bone that are involved in supporting your teeth and jaw. There have also been several studies that show that poor gum health can be linked to life-threatening conditions like heart attack and stroke.
Come see our Madison dentist so we can begin treating your gum disease as soon as possible. Treatment varies in each case, but we can put together an individualized plan that will allow us to treat your teeth and gums. We can also put together a treatment plan for any sockets that have formed underneath the gums or bone damage if it exists.
Schedule Your Gum Disease Appointment Today!
At Maple Grove Dental, we pride ourselves on our personalized care and in the ways we connect with our patients. We want you to be the healthiest version of yourself, so please don’t hesitate to call us for help with gum disease treatment. Our team is here to help! Call (608) 588-8598.