Periodontal (gum) disease is a degenerative condition caused by infections in the gum tissue. When harmful bacteria colonizes in your mouth, it inflames and infects your gum tissue, eventually leading to the loss of supporting gum, bone and teeth.

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)

The earlier stages of gum disease can usually be controlled or even reversed with thorough dental cleanings and improved home care if diagnosed early enough. If gum disease progresses to a more advanced stage, you will require more extensive and frequent treatments in order to keep the condition under control.

There are a variety of treatments available to combat gum disease, ranging from scaling and root planing treatments to surgical procedures. When you meet with our dentists, we will evaluate your mouth to determine the severity of your condition and develop an individualized treatment plan to help begin the healing process and improve your oral health.

For more information about periodontal care in Laurel, Montana, and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sam Pollock or Dr. Jordan Dobmeier, call Laurel Family Dental today at 406-628-0004.