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, the gums can eventually begin to pull away from the teeth. Untreated periodontal disease can result in bone loss, tooth loss and gum tissue recession. Gum disease can greatly affect your overall health and has been linked to many other medical conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and more.
If your gums are swollen, red or tender, or if your gums 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 normal. Following an exam at our office, our dentist and team will be able to determine whether you suffer from periodontal disease.
The treatment for gum disease is based upon your specific needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, Dr. Bob Johnson may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings), or gum surgery. At Horizon Dental Care, our dentist and team are proactive about fighting gum disease and returning you to excellent oral health. Please call us at 970-245-3633 to learn more about our treatments for gum disease in Grand Junction, Colorado, and to schedule your appointment with our dentist, Dr. Bob Johnson.