Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, is an infection that attacks the gums and bone that surround and support your teeth. Gum disease is caused by the formation of plaque and bacteria on the teeth and on and under the gums. If left untreated, gingivitis can cause the loss of permanent teeth. This disease is usually painless, but if you experience any of the following symptoms, Dr. Gerald Hansen may treat gingivitis in Reno, Nevada:
- Red, swollen, and tender gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus coming from the gums
- A change in your bite
- Loose permanent teeth
If you have gum disease, our dentist may recommend extra professional teeth cleaning appointments. Our hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from all surfaces of your teeth. If this is not sufficient, our dentist may perform a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing. During this procedure, the plaque and tartar is removed from your teeth, above and below the gum line. Then your tooth roots will be made smooth. This makes it hard for plaque to adhere to them and gives your gums a clean surface to reattach to.
We encourage you to contact Hansen Cosmetic Family Dentistry today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.