General Periodontics

Gingivitis vs Periodontitis

The early treatment of gingivitis is crucial in the prevention of periodontitis, a serious condition that can lead to tooth loss, bone loss, and gum recession.

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Early Stage Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. It is usually caused by plaque buildup but can also result from hormonal changes, illnesses, smoking, certain medications, and genetics. Some of the signs of gingivitis include:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums when you brush your teeth or floss
  • Bad breath
  • Heavy tartar buildup
  • Sensitive teeth

It is important to treat gingivitis as soon as possible. With proper treatment, gingivitis is reversible. However, gingivitis can develop into a serious chronic condition called periodontitis if left untreated. Adequate treatment for gingivitis involves an excellent oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and getting regular dental checkups, all of which can go a long way in preventing and reversing gingivitis. In addition, a professional cleaning in the form of scaling and root planning is an excellent way to treat gingivitis. All traces of plaque, tartar, and bacterial products are removed during this deep clean.

Looking out for the signs of gingivitis and starting treatment right away can significantly help get your oral health back on track. For more information on preventing and treating gingivitis in Fort Worth, Texas, please contact Custom Periodontics to schedule an appointment with our skilled periodontist, Dr. Shelby Nelson!

Treatment of Periodontitis

At Custom Periodontics, our periodontist and team constantly strive to provide our patients with the very best periodontal treatments possible. You can rest assured that our team will customize a treatment plan just for you and your unique smile. We invite you to contact our office at 817-738-2334 for more information on our treatment of periodontitis in Fort Worth, Texas!

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. The bacteria inflame and infect the gum tissues and, when left untreated, can eventually cause the gums to pull away from the teeth. Periodontal disease can lead to bone loss, tooth loss, and gum tissue recession when it is not treated.

If your gums are swollen, red, or tender, or if they bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease. Other common symptoms of gum disease include loose teeth, painful chewing, persistent bad breath, and receding gums that make your teeth appear longer than usual. Following an exam at our office, our periodontist and team will be able to determine whether you suffer from periodontal disease.

The treatment for gum disease is based on your specific dental needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, our periodontist may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. We strive to help you restore your oral health and halt the progress of the disease. 

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