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Treating gingivitis and periodontitis in Longview

Periodontal (gum) disease is a very serious oral health issue. Approximately 80 percent of adults will experience some form of this condition during their life. Periodontal disease ranges from minor to severe. The severe cases, also referred to as advanced periodontitis, are the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is the result of a buildup of plaque between the teeth and under the gum line. The plaque contains bacteria that cause inflammation of the gum tissue. At this stage, periodontal disease is referred to as gingivitis and can be reversed without any permanent damage being done to the gum tissue and bone. The first things patients are likely to notice are that their gums have a tendency to bleed when brushed and a change in the appearance of their gum tissue. It will become swollen and red rather than being a healthy pink color and firm.

When gingivitis is not treated, the bacteria will begin damaging the gum and bone tissue that supports the teeth. This stage is called periodontitis, and although the damage that the bacteria causes cannot be reversed Dr. Rea can stop the progression of periodontitis and prevent further damage. In addition to the symptoms associated with gingivitis, patients may experience:

  • Bad breath and a foul taste in their mouths
  • Receding gum tissue that makes teeth appear longer
  • Loose teeth that can result in tooth loss

Treating gingivitis and periodontitis

The treatment for gingivitis generally involves a thorough dental cleaning and additional instructions regarding home care. Periodontitis is typically treated with root planing and scaling. This removes the buildup of tartar below the gum line and smoothes the roots to minimize further buildup of tartar. It may also be necessary for you to receive more frequent cleanings and checkups.

If you are experiencing bleeding or swollen gums, or notice any change in your gum tissue, call our office at 903.753.3531 and schedule an appointment. By seeking treatment early, we may be able to reverse your gingivitis before it progresses to periodontitis; or we can stop your periodontitis from progressing and doing further damage. Our state-of-the-art office is located at 907 Walnut Hill Drive, Longview, TX 75605.
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