What is the Difference Between Gingivitis and Gum Disease?
Did you know that gum disease creates avoidable dental problems and can increase the risk of health issues including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and low birth weight? Gum disease is very prevalent in Americans today. Seventy-five percent of all Americans have some form of gum disease. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease. Signs involve red and swollen gums that bleed very easily with brushing or flossing. Gingivitis is treatable and can normally be eradicated by simple treatment and brushing and flossing every day. If you do not care for and treat gingivitis it will advance into Periodontitis. This disease will affect the gums and bone that support your teeth and could become serious and cause irreversible damage. When this occurs, your teeth become loose, shift, fall out or have to be removed by your dentist. Please, if you have any symptoms of periodontitis or gingivitis, get help. We offer sedation dentistry. Come in for a free consultation with the best quality care for Gum Disease Dentist in Portland. Call (503) 902-6604
Wow, Was it Getting Painful
“I first noticed my gums bleeding and being very tender, and then they started swelling and becoming painful at times. I don’t like pain so I called my dentist and he did not have an appointment for two weeks. My co-worker heard my complaints and suggested Dr. Chung. I called him because I thought the pain was an emergency and it was for me. He got me in that day; his diagnosis was gingivitis, but real close to periodontitis. I felt very comfortable with him and he explained the process to most likely reverse the problem and the financial commitment that I would have (which was very reasonable). He also explained that since it was painful for me he would use sedation therapy to make it pain free. It WAS pain free. Thank you very much Springwater Dental.”
Factors That May Increase Periodontal Disease
There may be times when a patient may have Periodontal Disease and not know it. Situations of which you should be aware that cause more risk of gum disease are: smoking or chewing tobacco, pregnancy, crooked teeth, medications (steroids, anti-epilepsy drugs, oral contraceptives, calcium channel blocker, and cancer therapy drugs), plaque build-up, diabetes and old fillings. If you are experiencing receding gums, canker sores, red tender gums or loose teeth, please do not wait, call someone who is knowledgeable and experienced in gum disease treatment, someone on whom you can depend. Dr. Chung is that dentist. He is also proficient in sedation treatments if needed. Call Springwater Dental if you even have concerns about gingivitis in the Portland area. (503) 902-6604
Can Anything Be Done About Gum Disease?
There are treatments for gingivitis and periodontal disease, but they vary according to the severity of each individual case. Some typical treatments can be non-surgical. There are take home periodontal trays which may contain oxidizers to strip away the biofilm, calcification protecting the infection, and antibiotics. Some patients may opt for scaling and root planing which is a deep dental cleaning. When the disease is advanced, a patient may need periodontal surgery or laser gum surgery. Some cases that have been left untreated for a long period of time may require dental implants. Dr. Chung is professional and will treat you gently and compassionately with sedation treatments where needed or requested. Call him if you have any inclination that you have any gum disease problems. Click here for a free consultation or for more information about gum disease in Portland.
Prevent Dreaded Gum Disease Gingivitis with Dental Cleanings
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. It is caused by plaque combined with mucus and other particles to form a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth. Plaque that is not removed can harden and form tartar that brushing cannot eliminate. It can cause infection and deep pockets between teeth and gums. Only professional cleanings can remove tartar. The longer the plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, the more harmful they become. These bacteria can cause tooth decay, the inflammation of the gums, gum disease or even tooth loss. There are solutions! You can have success by daily brushing and flossing to remove the plaque from your teeth and gums and reduce the buildup of tartar. You can schedule regular dental visits with us to have professional dental cleanings and you can have regular periodontal evaluations. All this can be accomplished here at Springwater Dental and Dr. Chung. We also offer sedation with any treatments for those with dental anxieties. Call (503) 902-6604 in Portland for any concerns about gum disease.
Is Gum Disease Serious?
Research reveals that gum disease is related to increased risk for overall health problems, involving, but not restricted to, stroke, respiratory problems, osteoporosis, heart disease, and diabetic complications. Since everything that enters our mouth or is present in our mouth has access to our whole body, it makes sense that it is related to our full body health. The mouth is a doorway to the body. Therefore, it is very important to have good dental care to prevent issues before they become a major problem. Dr. Chung understands and is very knowledgeable in the periodontal field and will be able to counsel you on the best solution to all your dental care needs. He is also an urgent care dentist who offers sedation dentistry and is available 24 hours a day to give you the best and most advanced service. For more information about gum disease in Portland call (503) 902-6604.
Call While The Problem Is Still Small
If you are experiencing painful, red, inflamed and tender gums you may need to consider receiving gum disease treatment from a professionally trained dentist. Dr. Chung will eradicate your infection, perhaps using gentle deep cleaning that will aid and may even reverse the effects of this disease or other methods necessary to take care of your pressing need. We offer sedation techniques for those who need a little help. Call now before your problem develops into a more serious problem of bone loss, receding gums or lost teeth. For gingivitis or periodontal disease in Portland call Springwater Dental (503) 902-6604.