Gum Disease Treatment
If you suffer from gum disease, you’re not alone. Up to 80% of American adults have some form of gum disease. It begins when plaque builds up below the gum line, releases toxins, and eventually turns rock-hard, causing teeth to separate from the gums. Symptoms are so minor most patients don’t realize there’s a problem until gum disease has progressed to an advanced stage.
Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, and more. In fact, studies show that patients with gum disease are twice as likely to have heart disease. Click here for more information on gum disease and heart health.
Causes & Symptoms
The main cause of periodontal disease is bacterial plaque. Other factors that are known to affect teeth and possibly exacerbate the process include:
- Smoking/Tobacco Use
- Clenching or Grinding Your Teeth
- Poor Nutrition
If you have gum disease, you may notice symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms such as chronic bad breath, bleeding gums, sore gums, pockets between teeth, loose teeth, and changes in the way teeth fit together are signs of a problem. Visit Dr. Gradwell immediately if you have any of these symptoms. If caught in its earliest stages, gum disease can be reversed.
Gingivitis & Periodontitis
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. It results when the bacteria that form on the teeth create an infection. Gums can become red, swollen, and bleed very easily. With immediate attention, including a professional cleaning and an improved home-care regimen, gingivitis can be effectively eradicated.
Untreated, gingivitis can advance to a more serious stage, periodontitis, whereby the teeth and the bone that support the teeth can become damaged. Advanced periodontitis can cause teeth to loosen, fall out, or require removal.
As a periodontist, Dr. Gradwell can provide a variety of treatment solutions that incorporate the most advanced procedures and materials available today. At our Allentown, PA office, you can get the information you need to make an informed decision about your periodontal care.
Periodontics & Implants in Lehigh Valley Since 1990.
Contact Dr. Gradwell at (610) 770-1050 for your periodontal or dental implant consultation. From our Allentown periodontal office, we serve patients in the Lehigh Valley and the surrounding areas, including Bethlehem, Easton, Coopersburg, and Reading. We look forward to showing you the state-of-the-art options available to meet your dental needs.