The gums and soft tissues of your smile are just as important to your overall health as your teeth and jaw. The gums support your teeth and help hold them in place. However, your gums are susceptible to decay and disease, just like your teeth. The most common affliction of the gums is called periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Gum disease begins as gingivitis, or an inflammation of the gums. It then progresses to gum disease, which causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets. Eventually, gum disease can result in tooth loss as the bacteria reach your bone structure. You may have gum disease if your gums are:
- Swollen or tender
- Receding, causing teeth to look abnormally long
- Weak, causing teeth to become loose
To treat gum disease in Jacksonville, Florida, we will first examine your smile and determine the severity of your case. We provide medication, deep cleaning methods known as scaling and root planing, and may even suggest surgery. The goal of all gum disease treatment is to remove the diseased gum tissue and control the infection. If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of gum disease, we strongly encourage you to contact Dr. Cynthia L. Skigen, our compassionate dentist, today. You do not need to suffer a moment longer. We hope to help your smile in any way we can.