Gingivitis and periodontitis are gum diseases are caused by the formation of bacteria along and beneath the gums. Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal (gum) disease. This stage begins with minor symptoms like gum inflammation. Gingivitis is highly treatable, but is often left untreated until it has advanced into periodontitis. This is because gingivitis is usually painless and patients often do not realize that they have it. Periodontitis is still treatable, but requires more invasive treatments to prevent tooth loss. The following are common symptoms of gum disease:
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Receding gum line
- The formation of pockets between the teeth and gums
- Loose teeth
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need treatment for gingivitis or periodontitis?
If you experience any of the symptoms of gum disease, let Dr. Blake Lawlor know immediately. If periodontal disease is not treated, the condition will progress, leading to irreversible damage like tooth loss.
What should I expect during gingivitis or periodontitis treatment?
Your treatment will be individualized based on the extent of your gum disease. If our dentist diagnoses you with gingivitis, you may be supplied with a take-home treatment or undergo scaling and root planing in our office. If you have a more advanced form of gum disease, gum surgery may be required to remove bacteria and restore damaged gums. Our in-house treatments for gum disease are performed under a local anesthetic.
Will I need to follow any special instructions after treatment?
The instructions will vary based on the type of treatment, so contact us with further questions about post-procedural instructions.
Please contact our dental office today to learn more about our treatments for gum disease in Wichita, Kansas.