Periodontal (gum) disease is an oral condition which develops as a result of harmful bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria infect and inflames your gum tissue, creating a degenerative condition which eventually causes tooth loss, gum recession and loss of supporting bone tissue.
The earlier stages of periodontal disease (known as gingivitis) can usually be halted, controlled and in some cases reversed with thorough dental cleanings and improved home care. For this reason, each routine dental exam includes a check for signs of periodontal disease so that we can diagnose it and begin treatment as early as possible. If periodontal disease progresses to a more advanced stage (periodontitis), more aggressive treatments will be required in order to keep the disease under control.
Common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Red, swollen or tender gums
- Easy bleeding of the gums (such as when brushing, flossing or eating)
- Gums that are receding
- Loose or separating teeth
- Pus between your gums and teeth
- Mouth sores
- Changes in the fit of oral appliances
- Changes in your bite
- Halitosis (bad breath)
There are a variety of periodontal treatments available, ranging from scaling and root planing to surgical procedures. Our skilled dentists and team will examine your mouth to determine which gum disease treatments will be most effective in combating periodontal disease to improve your oral health, and will develop an individualized treatment plan to meet your oral health needs.
We invite you to call Rock Creek Dental at 406-662-0272 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kelly Reynolds, Dr. David Sterzer or Dr. Kelsey Fraser and learn more about periodontal care in Red Lodge, Montana.