Smiles for Life Family Dentistry



At Smiles For Life Family Dentistry, we specialize in gum disease treatment and periodontal care. If you suspect you may be suffering from periodontal disease, come to our dental office right away.

Is Periodontal Disease Common?

Periodontal disease (gum disease) affects a large proportion of American adults. It is estimated that around 50% of all Americans have some level of periodontal disease. This can range from a relatively harmless case of gum inflammation to serious late-stage periodontal disease that can result in tooth loss or life-threatening infection.

Periodontal Disease, Understanding the Basics

Periodontal disease refers to any inflammation of the gums and underlying bone or tissue. This inflammation is caused by plaque. The bacteria in plaque can build up over time if you are not taking care of your teeth, infecting your gums, teeth, and eventually the underlying bone.

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. It’s caused by a buildup of toxins between the teeth and gum line, resulting in issues like bad breath, bleeding during brushing and flossing, and darkened or receding gums. Gingivitis can usually be treated by simple professional cleaning, as well as a more comprehensive oral care regimen. The damage caused by gingivitis is usually reversible.

Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is not addressed, and the supporting fibers and bone that support your teeth are infected and damaged. Your gums may recede and form “pockets” below the gum line. This can trap food and plaque, which causes further damage.

Periodontitis can be treated by scaling and root planing (SRP). In this process, plaque and tartar are removed by scraping them off your teeth and root surfaces.If you are suffering from pockets, a pocket reduction procedure may be undertaken. The gum tissue is folded back, and infected tissue is removed from the pockets, allowing gum tissue to reattach to healthy bone.

Advanced Periodontitis is the most serious form of gum disease. In this stage of the disease, the bone and fibers that support your teeth may be almost entirely destroyed, causing loose teeth, or total tooth loss.

Treatment options for advanced periodontitis include the methods mentioned above, as well as tooth pulling, gum grafts to cover the exposed roots of teeth, and bone grafts. Antibiotics may also be required in case of a serious infection that spreads throughout the body.

Signs of Periodontal Disease to Look Out For

Periodontal disease can easily be missed in the early stages because it does not cause any pain. However, the longer the condition is neglected, the worse it becomes, and the damage to the gums and teeth is greater. Here are the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease that you should look out for so that you can get timely treatment:

•Gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth
•Swollen gums
•Gums that start to pull away from your teeth
•Puss around the area where the gum meets the tooth
•Dark or discolored gums
•Persistent bad breath

If you notice any of these symptoms, don’t ignore them but see your dentist as soon as possible.

Prevention of Periodontal Disease

After your gums have been treated for periodontal disease, it is important to care for them properly to prevent infections in the future. Your dentists at Smiles for Life Family Dentistry will instruct you on a proper care regime for your teeth and gums for good oral health. Follow your dentist’s instructions carefully.

Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing and rinsing with a mouthwash will help to prevent bacteria from forming plaque on your teeth. Visiting your dentist once or twice a year for a checkup and cleaning will go a long way in controlling periodontal disease. Regular visits to the dentist will also be able to catch any signs of gum disease early on and treat it immediately.

Smiles For Life Family Dentistry – Your Periodontal Care Specialists

At Smiles for Life Family Dentistry in Las Vegas, our team of dental professionals have years of experience treating every stage of gum disease. Whether you suspect you may have gingivitis, or believe you may have a more serious periodontal problem, we have the expertise you need to restore your oral health!

At our facility, our team of dental professionals are focused on providing a better level of patient care through education. During your consultation, we use advanced technology to check for hidden pathologies, and ensure that we have a full understanding of your condition.

If you are suffering from gum disease, contact Smiles For Life Family Dentistry. Please feel free to schedule online or give us a call to receive assistance from one of our office staff.