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Periodontal Therapy and Gingival Grafts
Gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease (periodontal disease), can often be identified by its symptoms, including red, swollen, or tender gums that often bleed easily.
Gingivitis is reversible if it is treated in the early stages; however, if it is allowed to progress into periodontitis, a far more advanced form of gum disease, it will cause bone damage and will no longer be reversible.
In many cases, treating gingivitis is as simple as improving your home care routine. We’ll review your routine and look for areas that need improvement. Even changing the angle at which you hold your toothbrush while you are brushing can make a difference! In other cases, an antimicrobial product might be prescribed to treat the developing infection.
Regular cleanings and examinations are necessary because gum disease doesn’t always present with symptoms. It’s crucial to catch gingivitis as early as possible for more successful treatment.
We take gum disease seriously at the office of Dr. James Kim. Did you know that gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults? Studies are increasingly connecting gum disease to serious diseases, such as diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes.
If your gums are red and irritated, or your gums bleed when you brush or floss, call our office at 715-849-5667 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim to start treating your gingivitis now.
While early gum disease can often be treated with simple changes to your home health care habits and a good professional cleaning, one of the challenges posed by gum disease is that once it progresses past mild gingivitis, the damage it does is irreversible. The goal then becomes stopping further progression.
Treatments for Gum Disease in Wausau, WI
- Improving oral hygiene habits – We will review your home care routine and make sure that you are using proper techniques to get the most out of this important habit.
- Stopping smoking – Smoking contributes directly to periodontitis (advanced gum disease). Plus, it makes it harder to heal from the infection and treatments.
- Oral and local antibiotics – Gum disease is a chronic infection caused by bacteria in the periodontal pockets (the spaces between your teeth and your gums). Destroying these bacteria will help stop the damage they cause.
- Deep cleaning methods – Your hygienist removes plaque, tartar, and bacteria from beneath the gumline, smoothing out the surface so the pockets can tighten around the teeth and bacteria are less likely to reinfect.
If you have experienced severe gum recession, surgery is also an option to repair your gum tissue and cover your exposed roots.
Wausau dentist Dr. James Kim is skilled in treating advanced gum disease and performing gingival grafts. Call today for an examination and consultation.